Flying on Campus

University of Adelaide campuses are busy, complex places. Flying drones in these spaces requires suitable planning and safety precautions. 

To fly drones from or above any University of Adelaide campuses you must obtain permission from the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF). Ensure you follow the below instructions and get in contact prior to your planned operations. 

Non-University staff as remote pilot 

Including: External operators contracted by the University; drone operators working for non-University clients; members of the public flying on campus over the weekend. 

In order to obtain approval to fly from or above University campuses, operators must hold a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) and a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operator's Certificate (ReOC). An Operator's Accreditation is not sufficient. 

To apply for an approval follow the below procedure. 

Step 1: Email the below documentation to dronecompliance@adelaide.edu.au 

  • A copy of their RePL and ReOC 
  • Public liability insurance certificate for drone operations
  • Detailed description and maps of the intended operation, especially with respect to maintaining adequate separation from non-operations personnel 
  • Risk Assessment (RA) 
  • Job Safety Assessment (JSA) 
  • Drone registration certificate 
  • Evidence of support for the operations from the relevant facilities and/or campus managers 

Step 2: Await a response from the URAF Compliance Team who will either request further information or provide approval. 

Approved applications will be provided with written permission which can be used as evidence of your approval. 

Step 3: Forward your approval email to the relevant Campus Manager and Security team. The URAF can help with the relevant contact details for your flight location. 

Please get in touch with the URAF as early as possible during the planning phases of your operations to have the best chance of obtaining approval in time. We recommend a minimum of two weeks, with significantly more time for more complex operations (including those in populated areas of the campus). 

University staff as remote pilot 

All University of Adelaide staff wishing to fly on University campuses must hold a RePL and be inducted into the University Flight Management System. 

Pilots wishing to fly on campus must contact the URAF with a description and maps of the intended operation, for the Chief Remote Pilot's review. Send these details via email to dronecompliance@adelaide.edu.au 

These discussions will then need to be followed with the submission (and approval) of a JSA and RA for your planned operations. 

Please get in touch with the URAF as early as possible during the planning phases of your operations to have the best chance of obtaining approval in time. We recommend a minimum of two weeks, with significantly more time for more complex operations (including those in populated areas of the campus).

Please note, failure to comply with the above requirements will result in an investigation by the University of Adelaide which will be forwarded to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.