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NOPSEMA issues COVID-19 safety alert to operators 

NOPSEMA has issued a safety alert to all operators of offshore facilities who may be considering modified roster arrangements to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among members of the offshore workforce. For more information see the news & media page.

Open for comment: Policy on the requirement to remove equipment and property

NOPSEMA has released a draft policy on the removal of equipment and property for comment. Stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback by Tuesday, 9 June 2020. For more information see NOPSEMA's consultation hub.

NOPSEMA publishes OPP for Scarborough gas project 

On 6 April 2020, NOPSEMA published the accepted Offshore Project Proposal for Woodside Energy Limited’s Scarborough gas project. For more information see the news & media page.

Woodside receives initial approval for Scarborough gas project 

On 30 March 2020, NOPSEMA’s CEO accepted Woodside’s offshore project proposal to develop the Scarborough gas fields off northern Western Australia. For more information see the news & media page.

A message from the CEO 

NOPSEMA is responding to ensure risks to the offshore oil and gas sector continue to be managed and the wellbeing of offshore workers is prioritised. For more information see the news & media page.

New compliance strategy for the offshore industry - COVID-19

NOPSEMA has endorsed a new compliance strategy for effectively regulating the offshore industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information see the news & media page.


The Regulator | Issue 1: 2020

The new-look Regulator magazine is now available! This quarterly magazine is intended to keep stakeholders informed of NOPSEMA’s activities and priorities, relevant legislative reform, and emerging industry issues.


Public comment on environment plans

The Brochure - Public comment on Environment Plans - March 2019 (PDF 129KB) provides an overview of the public comment requirements for seismic and exploratory drilling proposals, following amendments to the Environment Regulations due to take effect from 25 April 2019. 

Introducing NOPSEMA

The Introducing NOPSEMA brochure (PDF 444KB) contains information broadly outlining NOPSEMA's history, jurisdiction, legislation, regulatory functions and governance.

UPCOMING Events 2020


OTC Asia 2020; 17-19 August, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 


IRF Conference; 6-7 October, Perth, Western Australia 

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.


Stay informed of NOPSEMA's response and actions on the dedicated COVID-19 page.


Open consultations, including exploration environment plans available for public comment are published on our consultation hub.


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Community Information

For more information about the offshore petroleum approvals process see the Community information page.



Directions, improvement and prohibition notices are published within 21 days of issuance on the Published directions and notices page.

RAISE a safety concern

For more information about how the offshore petroleum workforce may raise and a resolve a safety concern see the Raising and resolving a safety concern page. 


To notify NOPSEMA of an accident, dangerous occurrence, environmental or well integrity incident call:

1300 674 472


To make a regulatory submission to NOPSEMA see the Submissions page.