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Environmental streamlining in coastal waters

The Department of Industry and Science is seeking public comment on key documents relating to the authorisation process for streamlining petroleum activities in South Australian and Northern Territory waters. To submit feedback or for further information regarding the process please visit

Annual offshore performance report 2014-15

NOPSEMA released its 2014 Annual offshore performance report at the APPEA Oil and Gas Conference & Exhibition in Melbourne on 18 May 2015. The report provides the offshore petroleum industry, workforce, and wider community with key industry performance data to 31 December 2014. To view the Annual offshore performance report click here.

Changes to the EP Submissions and Summaries web page

NOPSEMA has enhanced its environment plan (EP) Submissions and Summaries web page to increase the accessibility and transparency of information about petroleum and greenhouse gas activities in Commonwealth waters. Key changes include a subscription/email alert function, activity description overviews and location maps. Users now have the ability to search and filter activities according to the titleholder, type and region. To view the EP Submissions and Summaries Search page click here.

Environmental cost recovery guidance

NOPSEMA has updated its guidance on environmental management cost recovery under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Regulations 2004. The guideline clarifies NOPSEMA's approach to regulatory requirements and has effect from the date of publication. To view the Environmental management cost recovery guideline click here.

EPBC Act streamlining review

An independent review of NOPSEMA’s performance under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) streamlined arrangements has commenced. For more information about the review see the Environmental Management page.

Financial assurance arrangements

On 1 January 2015, titleholders will be required to demonstrate to NOPSEMA that they meet the financial assurance requirements of section 571(2) of the OPGGS Act. For finalised NOPSEMA guidance on financial assurance requirements see the Financial Assurance page.


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the Regulator - Issue #2 2015

  • Message from the CEO
  • NOPSEMA participates in Exercise Westwind
  • Are you sure your lifeboats are ready to go?
  • NOPSEMA participates at APPEA conference
  • Commonwealth marine reserves and petroleum activities
  • Requirements for five-yearly safety case revisions
  • Regulating FLNG
  • NOPSEMA triennial operational review
  • Environmental program review
  • NOPSEMA delivers enhanced EP submissions web page
  • Revised diving air and gas purity standards
  • Consultation for larger scale seismic surveys
  • International Offshore Petroleum Environment Regulators’ meeting
  • Investigation into the Atwood Osprey incident
  • NOPSEMA engages with unions on safety matters
  • Separation of titles administration and the regulation of offshore petroleum activities
  • NOPSEMA participates at Interspill
  • Data reports and statistics
  • Schedule of events

Annual offshore performance report

Contains data covering the industry and regulatory performance to 31 December 2014. To view the Annual offshore performance report click here.

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2013-14

The NOPSEMA Annual Report 2012-13 has been tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament. To view the NOPSEMA Annual Report 2013-14 click here.

Major offshore incidents

Stena Clyde fatalities, Bass Strait, 27 Aug 2012

NOPSEMA has completed its investigation into the fatalities on the Stena Clyde mobile offshore drilling facility.

Media release - Update on Stena Clyde investigation - 26 Aug 2014 (PDF 123KB)

Announcement - Update on investigation into fatalities on Stena Clyde drilling rig - 16 June 2014 (PDF 100KB)

Annoucement - Update on investigation into fatalities on Stena Clyde drilling rig, Bass Strait - 23 August 2013 (PDF 127KB)

Announcement - Investigation into fatalities on Stena Clyde drilling rig, Bass Strait - 17 October 2012 (PDF 69KB)

Media release - Independent investigation into fatal accident on Stena Clyde - 29 Aug 2012 (PDF 97KB)

Media release - NOPSEMA investigates fatalities in Bass Strait - 27 Aug 2012 (PDF 47KB)

Incident Notification

To notify NOPSEMA of an accident, dangerous occurrence or environmental incident call (08) 6461 7090

For general enquiries call (08) 6188 8700


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September 2015

7-9 - APPEA Health, Safety and Environment Conference and HSR Forum, Perth

Events listed are those at which NOPSEMA is presenting or exhibiting or has an organisational role. For presentations at past events see our Presentations page.