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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.

Consultation on Wells Regulations

The Department of Industry and Science is conducting consultation sessions with interested stakeholders on the draft amendments to Part 5 of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011. To register for the sessions or for more information visit

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.

Update on Stena Clyde investigation

Legal proceedings have commenced through the Magistrates' Court of Victoria. To read NOPSEMA's update on the Stena Clyde investigation click here.

Successful prosecution of employer in relation to diving incident

Technip has been convicted and fined by the Perth Magistrates Court following specific health and safety breaches. To read NOPSEMA's 'Successful prosecution of employer in relation to diving incident' announcement click here.

Clarifying arrangements for environmental regulation in Commonwealth waters

On 28 February 2014, NOPSEMA became the sole regulator of petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters in an effort to reduce duplication of environmental assessment processes. Amendments to the Environment Regulations also clarified and simplified regulatory requirements and regulatory practice. For NOPSEMA guidance on the amendments to the Environment Regulations click here.



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Latest issue

the Regulator Issue #1 2015 (PDF 1.2MB)

In this issue:

  • Message from the CEO
  • Standards, continuous improvement and ALARP as a dynamic concept
  • Environmental management focus
  • OHS inspection priorities
  • Chemical selection and substitution warnings
  • Improved transparency for environment plan submissions
  • Inspecting titleholders environmental consultation performance
  • Review of NOPSEMA’s environmental management authorisation process
  • Commonwealth marine reserves review
  • Informing community stakeholders about consultation requirements
  • Promoting cooperative approaches
  • Improving outcomes through data analysis
  • 2014 performance data released
  • Barrier systems for control of Legionella
  • Data reports and statistics
  • Schedule of events

Annual offshore performance report

Contains data covering the industry and regulatory performance to 31 December 2013. 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.

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

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

Announcement on independent investigation (23 Aug 2013) (PDF 127KB)

Announcement on preliminary considerations (17 Oct 2012) (PDF 69KB)

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

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



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March 2015

26 - Resource Management and Administration Regulations information session, Perth  

To register for the session visit

April 2015

1 - MarineSafe Forum, Perth  

May 2015

17-20 - APPEA National conference and exhibition, Melbourne

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.