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NOPSEMA publishes Annual offshore performance report

NOPSEMA has published its Annual offshore performance report, the authority's yearly stocktake of risk management by the Australian offshore petroleum industry.

The report includes regulatory data and information collected by NOPSEMA on injuries and fatalities, incidents, inspections, assessments, investigations and enforcements from offshore petroleum operations in the authority’s jurisdiction to 31 December 2013.

View the full Annual offshore performance report

NOPSEMA - the sole regulator for petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters

On 28 February 2014, NOPSEMA became the sole regulator for petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters. These streamlined arrangements increase efficiency and reduce duplication of environmental assessment processes for petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters.

For more information on regulatory streamlining click here.

Clarifying arrangements for environmental regulation in Commonwealth waters

The Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009 have been amended to take effect from 28 February 2014. The changes to the Regulations have clarified and simplified regulatory requirements and regulatory practice.

For NOPSEMA guidance on the amendments click here.

New National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies

The Commonwealth, State and the Northern Territory Governments and industry have endorsed a revised National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies, including oil pollution incidents from offshore petroleum facilities. The National Plan is managed by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and is available from their website.

Final Cost Recovery Impact Statement published

From 1 January 2014, titleholders will pay amended levies to fully cover costs incurred by NOPSEMA in regulating petroleum industry activities. The changes follow a full consultation and review process and are documented in the Cost Recovery Impact Statement (CRIS). To see the CRIS report, click here.

Financial assurance arrangements

The Department of Industry has released a statement outlining the policy intention for the implementation of financial assurance arrangements under the OPGGS Act. For more information click here. NOPSEMA has produced interim guidance, available here.



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Jane Cutler

Latest Issue

the Regulator - Issue #1 2014  (924kb)

In this issue:

  • From the CEO
  • Clarifying arrangements for environmental regulation of petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters
  • Streamlining environmental management regulation under NOPSEMA
  • Endorsing NOPSEMA as the sole regulator for petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters
  • Amendments to the Environment Regulations
  • Offshore project proposals
  • Environment plans and transitional arrangements
  • Safety Alert #58: Vibration-induced fatigue on process pipework
  • Senior management importance in managing change
  • Review of Part 5 of the OPGGS (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011
  • Activity and performance
  • Schedule of events

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2012-13

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

Annual offshore performance report

Contains data covering the industry and regulatory performance to 31 December 2013. To view the report click here.

Major offshore incidents

Stena Clyde fatalities, Bass Strait, 27 Aug 2012

NOPSEMA is continuing its independent investigation into the fatalities on the Stena Clyde mobile offshore drilling facility in the Bass Strait on 27 August 2012.

Announcement on independent investigation (23 Aug 2013)

Announcement on preliminary considerations (17 Oct 2012)

Independent investigation into fatal accident on Stena Clyde (29 Aug)

NOPSEMA investigates fatalities in Bass Strait (27 Aug)



A career with NOPSEMA provides a challenging and rewarding opportunity to play a key role in protecting offshore workers and marine environments through the independent and professional regulation of safety, well integrity and environmental management of Australia’s offshore petroleum industry.

NOPSEMA is held in high regard and its teams have diverse professional backgrounds and talents. We recruit widely to find high calibre candidates, from both domestic and international markets, who use their skills to influence risk management by industry across a range of petroleum activities.

Find out more about careers with NOPSEMA and build on your professional skills to make a real difference.


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