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PWS Update - Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

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Drones

Drone use in Tasmania’s national parks and reserves

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.

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 
  •  Safety issues; the potential for collision and impacting on helicopter and fire management operations. 

Exceptions

  • Commercial and event filming
  • 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. 

Reporting drone activity

For drone activity over reserved land, please contact Parks and Wildlife Service Enquiries on 1300 TASPARKS (1300 827 727) or email 

General drone activity can be reported to CASA.