These guidelines address EPA use of unmanned aircraft, commonly referred to as ‘drones’.
The guidelines outline
- the situations in which the EPA may consider using unmanned aircraft to collect information or assist with its regulatory functions
- the legal frameworks that regulate unmanned aircraft use, which the EPA will abide by
- how the EPA will conduct and manage unmanned aircraft activities
- the systems the EPA has in place to ensure its use of unmanned aircraft is transparent, accountable, and safe, with minimal impact on people’s privacy
- the situations in which the EPA may use unmanned aircraft to enter premises without owner or occupier knowledge.
The guidelines seek to strike an appropriate balance between safety, privacy and efficiency for the EPA’s use of unmanned aircraft.
Consultation on the Guidelines on EPA use of unmanned aircraft
Interim guidelines were exhibited during late 2017. The Guidelines have been updated following the consultation process.
The submissions report outlines the EPA's response to issues raised by stakeholders.