Australia – Tax to be levied for RPA and Mannequin Plane – Drones Information

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Drone taxes are coming! At the end of August 2020, Parliament proposed two bills (bills) to be levied for the registration of drones in Australia. The levy will initially be zero for the current fiscal year and could be up to USD 300 thereafter. The submission for RPA begins on September 30, 2020 and for model aircraft not until 2022.

The Senate seeks consultation and filings are due by September 30, 2020. At the time of this writing, only 5 entries have been submitted, so THEY make all the difference. The link to the Senate website is available here.

Fast background

The Ordinance on Changes to Civil Aviation Safety (Remote Controlled Aircraft and Model Aircraft – Registration and Accreditation), issued on July 25, 2019, provides for the registration of certain RPA and model aircraft. and the accreditation of their operators – through online training and testing. The registration scheme for RPA will begin on September 30, 2020, and model aircraft registration requirements will begin in 2022.

The upcoming tax laws …

Parliament proposes two new laws:

ONE: The Civil Aviation Act 2020 (unmanned aircraft tax), which officially collects the tax. This bad boy also paves the way for the tax regulations that dictate the exact tax amount. Yes, another right layer.

TWO: The 2020 Act to Change Civil Aviation (Collection and Payment of Unmanned Aircraft Taxes), which lays down the rules for the collection of the tax by CASA. That is, the Commonwealth pays CASA amounts equal to the amounts CASA received on behalf of the Commonwealth. Confusing? Yes, but those are the breaks.

So why 2 laws?

Aside from Gits and Shiggles, the first law provides for actual levy, while the second law provides for the Commonwealth to pay CASA the amounts of levy collected by CASA on behalf of the Commonwealth. The second law is required because CASA is unable to collect a levy to reimburse the cost of the registration system. As a result, the Commonwealth must pay CASA amounts equal to the amounts of the unmanned aerial vehicle levy that CASA received on behalf of the Commonwealth. Confusing right?

When are drone operators beaten?

These tax laws are expected to come into force on September 30, 2020 for RPA and not until 2022 for model airplanes.

The fee applies either:

[a] When registering your drone; or

[b] In order for a drone to be flown in Australia but registered in another country, CASA applies for the registration of such a drone.

Tell them the price, son! …

The amount of the levy cannot exceed $ 300 and can be zero.

It was also said in Parliament that the levy will be set free of charge for the current financial year. “Any increase in costs is based on the evidence gathered in the registration system and will be reflected in future funding agreements for CASA in 2021-22 and the government’s broader approach to regulating and providing services to the RPA sector. “

A little round and hammer!

Why are drone pilots beaten?

The explanatory memorandum to the bills states that these bills are being proposed to “ensure that commercial users of RPA systems contribute to the cost of the features they receive”.

Conclusion

While the taxes come around the mountain if they come at breakneck speed, the Senate seeks a consultation on it and filings are due by September 30, 2020. At the time of this writing, only 5 entries have been submitted, so THEY make all the difference. The link to the Senate website is available here.

Fly free!

The drone lawyer

September 25, 2020

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