Australia believes it’s in a unique position to grasp the benefits of drones with both hands, bolster the country’s economy with digital aviation technologies, and leverage advanced air mobility (AAM) to support service delivery. And so its government has decided to invest $28 million to establish the Emerging Aviation Technology Partnerships program.

The program will fall under the umbrella of Australia’s National Emerging Aviation Technologies (NEAT) Policy Statement, which is supposed to provide a consistent and coordinated approach to managing the country’s drone sector.

Drone technologies are estimated to support more than 5,000 jobs and a $14.5 billion increase in Australia’s GDP over the next 20 years. And that necessitates that the government works closely with the industry and communities to build an aviation technology sector that is innovative, safe, and considerate of local environments and needs.

Program to boost Australia’s drone industry