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Drones (remotely piloted aircraft)

The steady rise of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), commonly known as drones or unmanned air vehicles or systems, in Australia, has resulted in an increase of their use in various environments including Universities for technical and artistic purposes. This upsurge has resulted in numerous injuries and privacy issues with risks of infringement. Both the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and the Australian Safety Transport Bureau have administered strict regulations for RPA users to abide. Furthermore, these regulations are based off the Civil Aviation (Carriers' Liability) Act 1959, the Civil Aviation Act 1988, and The Privacy Act 1988. Therefore, the University of Wollongong has an obligation to maintain the safety of its students, staff and visitors and comply with the guidelines and Acts that have been established.

The University has developed guidelines to provide a safe environment for employees, students and visitors by establishing the correct handling of RPAs at all University of Wollongong campuses and facilities.