Last updated by Nick S. on 07/12/2023

4 Steps required by CASA to be able to operate a spray drone on your own land in Australia

The below info relates to spray drones that are more than 25kg when filled with liquid (e.g. DJI T30), and used on your own property (different rules apply if you are spraying other people’s properties as a commercial business).

No licence is needed for lighter-weight spray drones

If your spray drone is rated to under 25kg such as the DJI T10 being 24.8 kg, and you are only using it on your own property, you can skip steps 3 and 4 below - you do not need a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) or Flight test.

1. Get an ARN

Get an Aviation Reference Number (ARN) from CASA. It’s like a passport number for pilots and drone pilots. Start the process on this CASA webpage

No fee and easy process. Note if you are a manned aircraft pilot (e.g. have a helicopter or crop duster on your property) you will already have an ARN.

2. Get a regular 0-7kg RePL (the most common 'standard' drone licence)

Fill out this form ( ) to get upcoming course dates and prices in your area.

It is normally sold as 5 days – 4 days learning online from home and 1 day (with the other students ) doing the flying test and theory test at a park / open space. 

Approx. $1,300.0 - 1,800.0 (depending on the training company).

You can just fly a small drone such as a Mini 3, Air 2S or Phantom 4 as training for, and during the course. If you don't have one, some training companies offer to supply one for the day as part of the course fee. But note you will need to practice beforehand so best to borrow one or buy one before your course 

3. Take delivery of your spray drone and register it with CASA

After you take delivery, register your spray drone with CASA, here is the myCASA page to register your drone.

$40.0 and valid for 12 months. 1 min video showing how to do it.

After you have your REPL done, and have booked in and paid for your flight test, you can start flying your spray drone on your own property in order to build up some flying hours as training for the flight test. You should ask CASA about this beforehand ( [email protected] ). 

4. Get a Type Rating for your T40/T30

This Type Rating means you are now approved / rated to fly a particular aircraft - in this case the T40/T30. 

This involves a CASA inspector or approved person observing you flying your spray drone and checking that you are able to fly it safely. You will need to have your REPL completed first. Type Ratings generally cost around $900.0-1400.0 depending on your location and the supplier. 

Chemicals licence/s

Note, you should also consider what chemicals licences you may need. These licences are nothing to do with CASA and requirements vary for each state. For example in NSW it is the EPA. Please check out this article for full details.

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