The number of commercial drone operators certified by the Civil Air Safety Authority (CASA) has continued to climb at pace throughout 2015, the infographic below captures a top level snapshot of the official data published by CASA on commercial drone use in Australia.
These stats are based on CASA data so do not take into account unauthorised commercial drone use.
The top three states by number of drone operators are New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria.
Looking at the services, photography came out on top in every state, followed by surveying and spotting mixing it up for second and third.
Finally operator density is aligned with the UK while the USA is playing catch up, which is to be expected due to the regulation delays governing commercial drone use in the states.
— September 24