Local laws and subordinate laws

Drone operations

The operation of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), including  model aircraft, in Australia is regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). Once off the ground, all drones must adhere to rules and regulations set by CASA.

Rules for flying drones recreationally are detailed on Know Your Drone. These rules must always be followed, any breaches of these regulations are enforceable by CASA and penalties may apply. Complaints or concerns regarding drone usage in your area should be referred to CASA.

Flying from Council owned/controlled parks & reserves

Drone operations within Council parks and reserves is a regulated activity under Council’s Subordinate Local Law 4 (Local Government Controlled Areas, Facilities and Road) 2011, and requires Council approval.
You can apply for a permit from Council to operate a drone in our parks and reserves by emailing ceo@bundaberg.qld.gov.au with the following details:

  • Your name and contact information.
  • Details of your proposed flight plan, including the park/reserve and specific dates and times.
  • Make, model and weight (if known) of drone(s).

Noise nuisance

The operation of drones can cause noise nuisance to other people. You should be mindful of the effect your aircraft use can have on others, wildlife and the environment.

Privacy collection notice

Council does not operate drones with the intention of collecting personal information. Any personal information collected will only be accessed by authorised Council officers and will be handled in accordance with Council's Privacy Statement governed by the Information Privacy Act 2009. Any personal information collected inadvertently will be de-identified before disclosure.

Council drone operations

Council may operate drones in the region for the purpose of monitoring and maintaining Council assets, capturing aerial footage, monitoring environmental impacts and conducting aerial surveying and mapping.
Our drone operation portal below provides information on Council drone activity in your area including the purpose for the flight.