The use of drones, also called Remote Piloted Aircraft (RPA), is increasing dramatically across Australian and throughout Monash University. To enable the safe and efficient use of drones, Monash University has implemented a Drone Safety Management Procedure, Drone Operations Manual and cloud-based Drone Safety Management System (DSMS). These tools collectively govern the use of drones across the university and ensure that they are operated safely and in accordance with Civil Aviation Safety Regulations.


Did you know?

  • Drone operations are highly regulated, and improper use can attract substantial fines - See the Drone Safety Rules
  • In order to fly a drone you must hold a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) or an Operator Accreditation (excludes recreational/sport activities)
  • All drones must be registered before they are flown. The responsibility for registering drones that are used at or on behalf of Monash University sits with the individual user/area, and evidence of registration must be provided to the Chief Remote Pilot (CRP).

Getting started

In order to start flying drones at or for Monash University (on or off-campus), you will first need to be inducted onto the DSMS, and this may include being formally inducted under Monash University’s RPA Operator’s Certificate (ReOC) by the CRP. You may also need to hold an RePL or an Operator Accreditation (drones under 2kg only), depending on the type of drone operation and its purpose.

Please send a Drone Induction Request to the Chief Remote Pilot to start this process

Drone Safety Management System - AVCRM

Login to the Drone Safety Management System (AVCRM) – Don’t have an account yet? Contact the CRP for assistance as detailed above.

Drone Discovery Platform

The Drone Discovery Platform brings drones together with advanced sensing technologies and smart analytics. Its state-of-the-art sensors and innovative data handling pipelines provide unique interdisciplinary opportunities across sectors including the STEM disciplines and the Arts. The platform has a national scope to meet the emerging needs of federal and state agencies, to enable industry partnerships and maximise the impact of University research and education.

Want to learn more?

There is a wealth of information on CASA’s Drone website: https://www.casa.gov.au/drones

Should you have any queries or require any additional information related to drones, please contact:

Anthony Marsh
Monash University Chief Remote Pilot
Buildings and Property Division
Email: anthony.marsh@monash.edu