Commercial photographer walking to shoot location with a drone
Commercial photographer with a drone (photograph: Natalie Mendham)


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​​​​​​Use of drones on reserve land

​The operation and use of drones on reserved land is not permitted unless specific written authority has been provided by the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS).

Commonly referred to as drones, the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) is subject to requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), and when used on or over reserved land, governed by the National Parks and Reserved Land Regulations 2009.

Whilst Tasmania’s scenic parks and reserves may seem like the perfect location for drone use, the operation of drones raises several potential negative impacts:

  • Disturbance to wildlife and the potential to impact animal breeding patterns and behaviour, particularly birds (e.g. eagles and other raptors, shorebirds),
  • Impact on visitor experience, 
  • Privacy of park visitors, and​
  • Safety issues; the potential for collision and impacting on helicopter and fire management operations. 


  • Commercial and event filming, and
  • Scientific research.

Drone operators must be certified and licensed by CASA to fly a drone before PWS will assess an application to use drones for commercial filming or scientific research.  More information can be found on our Commercial filming page.

​​​​Rep​ortin​​g d​ro​​​ne activity

​General drone activity can be reported t​o​ CASA via their web form​.​

For drone activity over reserved land, please contact PWS.


Parks and Wildlife Service
GPO Box 1751
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 TASPARKS, (1300 827 727)