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COVID-19 industry preparedness

In response to the emerging COVID-19 issue NOPSEMA wrote to all offshore petroleum facility operators, requiring them to review their infectious disease management plans. For more information see the news & media page.

NOPSEMA update on COVID-19 situation

NOPSEMA is taking action to ensure that our important role as the offshore energy regulator continues effectively as the COVID-19 situation unfolds. For more information see the news & media page.

NOPSEMA accepts notification to end Equinor’s environment plan

NOPSEMA has accepted Equinor’s notification to end the operation of its approved environment plan for exploratory drilling in the Great Australian Bight. For more information see the news & media page.

COVID-19 update

NOPSEMA is responding to the significant risk posed by the COVID-19 virus and its potential impact on the health of the offshore industry workplace.  For more information see the news & media page.

Managing risks associated with COVID-19 

NOPSEMA is taking direct action to help protect and support the offshore workforce from risks associated with COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). For more information see the news & media page.

Open for comment: Updated Workplace arrangements guidance note 

NOPSEMA has recently updated its Workplace arrangements guidance note which is now open for comment, and interested stakeholders are encouraged to have their say. For more information see the news & media page

Ending Equinor’s environment plan

On 27 February 2020, Equinor formally notified NOPSEMA to end the operation of their environment plan under which approval was granted for their proposal to carry out exploratory drilling in the Great Australian Bight. 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.