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Drones, filming and photography


Under the Forestry Regulations 2013, it is an offence to fly a drone or other unmanned aerial vehicle in a forest reserve without authority or a permit.

Our forests are popular places – in the interest of visitor safety, drones must not be flown within 30m of people, or above campgrounds and accommodation facilities.

To protect wildlife, drones are not permitted in Native Forest Reserves.

ForestrySA staff and contractors use drones, helicopters and other aircraft for forestry and operations including surveillance, and aerial herbicide and fertiliser application.

Unidentified and unauthorised drones pose an unacceptable risk and possible catastrophic consequences, particularly to manned aircraft in the sky.

Please contact us to organise your permit.


Further information for drone owners is available on the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) website.

Filming and photography

All film making requires an Event Application a minimum 4 weeks prior to your event date. Click here to lodge your application.

All commercial photography simply requires a Group Activity Registration as soon as possible prior to your session date. Click here to register your activity.

A permit is required before undertaking commercial filming or photography. Filming or photography is defined as “commercial’ when the intent is to promote a product or service and/or achieve financial gain from the filming or photography.

Filming and photography for personal use is welcome free of charge and no permit is required. We would love to see your images and film, so don’t forget to tag #forestrysa when you share them online!