Rise of the Drones: Liability for Government and Businesses

Session ID: 176Q07
Date: Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Time: 09:00am - 01:15pm
Venue: Mercure Hotel Brisbane, Level 2, 85-87 North Quay, Brisbane

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Legal Knowledge: 4

State: QLD CPD:4
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Session Content

Date: Wednesday 14 June 2017
Time: 9.00am to 1.15pm
Venue: Mercure Brisbane, North Quay

Attend and earn 4 CPD units in Legal Knowledge

The global market for commercial drones is estimated to grow to $127 billion by 2020, bringing with it significant implications for private and government entities. The rapidly growing market is being matched by a quickly evolving legal landscape. Get the latest on drone law directly from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, the Privacy Commissioner, and leading lawyers and barristers in the area so you can remain at the cutting edge of this increasingly important area.

Chair: The Hon. Paul Lucas, former Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, QLD; Director, Powerlink Qld; former Director, Airservices Australia

Issues for Commercial Drone Contracts: Procurement of RPAs and Engaging Contractors

  • Types of drone contracts and their aims
  • Requests for proposals
  • Operator agreements

Presented by Julie Brown, Special Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright

Commercial Drone Use in Action

  • Case example: use of a modified drone by a contractor
  • Legal issues for consideration
  • Relevant legislative breaches
  • Liability, statutory penalties and potential common law causes of action

Presented by Daniel Popple, Lawyer, Norton Rose Fulbright

Liability Issues for Drone Operators: One Eye on the Sky and One on the Ground
Analysis of the potential liability for operators to damage and trespass, including the latest cases, regulations and trends in the area.

Presented by Andrew Mansfield, Senior Associate, Sparke Helmore Lawyers; President, Queensland Chapter, Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand


  • Current review of state and federal privacy implications

Presented by Philip Green, Privacy Commissioner, Office of the Information Commissioner

HEAR FROM THE REGULATORY AUTHORITY: Regulatory Formality for Drone Operation in Australia

  • Licencing for commercial, government and recreational use
  • Current penalties and enforcement

Presented by Scott Duffy, Team Leader, RPAS Operations, Safety Assurance Branch, Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority


Chair:Paul Lucas

Julie Brown

Julie Brown is a real estate lawyer based in Brisbane. She has 20 years property law experience acting in due diligence investigations, sales and acquisitions of commercial property, commercial retail and industrial leasing, and property developments. Julie has a keen interest in airport development and has acted for the owners of various major and regional airports. She provides regulatory advice to clients in relation to the operation of airports and has acted on the regulatory and real estate aspects of airport privatisations and commercial partnerships. Julie presents to Government, mining companies and other lawyers in relation to the commercial application of drones and the various regulatory and contract issues associated with them.

Andrew Mansfield

Philip Green

Appointed as the Queensland Privacy Commissioner in December 2015, Philip Green has an extensive career in the private and public sectors. Mr Green's legal career at Allens included commercial banking and finance/insolvency. He has extensive central and agency experience in criminal justice legal and economic policy at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in Queensland. He most recently headed up the Small Business division for the Queensland Government. He has a keen interest in innovation and technology law and was instrumental in establishing Queensland's first administrative privacy regime.

Daniel Popple

Daniel Popple works in the real estate team at Norton Rose Fullbright. He act for a range of clients in relation to the hotel and club industry throughout Australia and internationally, in relation to property, commercial and corporate matters. In addition to real estate, he also act for a range of clients in relation to aviation law matters, including advising on regulatory compliance for aerodrome and aircraft operators, undertaking due diligence in relation to the purchase of airports and airport assets and advising on the complex framework of law relevant to drone operation in Australia. Daniel has also previously undertaken work at Norton Rose Fulbright in the fields of environment and planning, insurance and litigation law.

Scott Duffy

Scott Duffy has been with CASA for over nine years, and part of the aviation community for 23 years. Prior to joining the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) community he gained experience in global air transport operations and aeronautical engineering management. In his current role, Scott is responsible for the management of all RPAS operations, including management of all flight authorisations, which includes the surveillance activities associated with these operations. In support of this role, he has a great team of inspectors and technical administration staff who work hard to meet the demands of the rapidly growing RPAS community.

Venue Details

Mercure Hotel Brisbane

Level 2, 85-87 North Quay
Brisbane 4003

Ph: 732372300


The Mercure Hotel has a riverside location in the heart of the

CBD. For public transportation users, the Roma Street Train Station

and King George Square Bus Station are both located an easy 10 minute

walk away.

There is a limited amount of secure car parking located underneath the

Hotel. The car park is operated independently by Secure Parking from

$77.00 a day.

Alternatively, there are further public car parks located on either Tank or

Herschel Streets. Standard public rates apply.

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