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Oil pollution risk management guidance open for comment

NOPSEMA has revised its Oil pollution risk management information paper to provide insight into the regulatory requirements for developing an acceptable EP and OPEP. The paper is now open for industry comment. For more information see the Oil pollution risk management information paper page.

Revised DPP concordance table now available

NOPSEMA has revised the Diving Project Plan (DPP) Concordance Table (FM1453), incorporating stakeholder feedback, where appropriate. For more information, or to download the concordance table, see the Diving operations page.

Hydrocarbon sheen in the Bass Strait - West Tuna platform

On 1 February 2017, NOPSEMA was informed by Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd of an identified oil sheen adjacent to the West Tuna platform in the Bass Strait, 45km off the Gippsland coast, Victoria. For more information see the News and Media page.

NOPSEMA regulatory correspondence - no more snail mail

From 1 February 2017, all outgoing regulatory communications from NOPSEMA will only be sent via electronic means, such as email or secure file transfer. Electronic documents sent by NOPSEMA will be in searchable Portable Document Format (PDF) and will have an electronic authorisation number in place of a signature (a unique number and date-stamp). For more information see the News and Media page.

New well integrity guidance

NOPSEMA has published a suite of guidance notes to assist titleholders to comply with their well integrity responsibilities following amendments made in 2016 to Part 5 of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011. To read the series of guidance notes see the Well Integrity Resources page.

BP withdraws environment plans for drilling in the Great Australian Bight

On 20 December 2016, BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd withdrew their environment plan submissions for their Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Program and their Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Programme (Stromlo-1 and Whinham-1). For more information see the News and Media page.

Safety alert: Quality assurance of diving system audits

NOPSEMA has published a new safety alert following recent inspections where NOPSEMA has identified a trend in the standard of audits conducted on diving systems and equipment. For more information see the Safety Alert page.


Quarterly newsletter - the Regulator

the Regulator - Issue #3 2016 (PDF 7.8MB)

  • Message from the CEO
  • Equipment integrity in offshore oil and gas operations
  • Ongoing investigation by US authorities
  • Inspection and maintenance of safety-critical equipment
  • APPEA HSR Forum – Human performance in process safety
  • HSR Handbook update
  • NOPSEMA Compliance Strategy
  • Dropped objects data analysis
  • Update – IOPER annual general meeting and new research outcomes on sound and marine life
  • Suspended wells without an in force Well Operations Management Plan
  • Working with stakeholders to address environmental management challenges
  • Chute based emergency evacuation system
  • Has your Environment Plan reached the end of its life? ...if so, here's how to end it!
  • Offshore Project Proposal (OPP) guidance updated
  • Data reports and statistics
  • Schedule of events

Introducing NOPSEMA

Contains information broadly outlining NOPSEMA's history, jurisdiction, legislation, regulatory functions and governance. To view the Introducing NOPSEMA brochure click here

Annual offshore performance report

Contains data covering the industry and regulatory performance to 31 December 2015. To view the Annual offshore performance report click here.

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

Contains information broadly covering the type of environmental approvals required to begin an offshore petroleum activity in Commonwealth waters, the assessment process and how to get involved. To view the Offshore petroleum environmental approvals brochure click here.

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2015-16

The NOPSEMA Annual Report 2015-16 has been tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament. To view the NOPSEMA Annual Report 2015-16 click here.

Decommissioning offshore petroleum facilities

Contains information broadly outlining the decision-making process for decommissioning offshore petroleum facilities in Commonwealth waters. To view the decommissioning brochure click here.

HSR Handbook updated

The HSR Handbook has been revised and updated to provide HSRs with concise and easy-to-read guidance. To view the latest HSR Handbook click here.


April 2017

4-6 April - SPE Asia Pacific Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility Conference, Kuala Lumpur

May 2017

15-18 May - International Oil Spill Conference 2017, Long Beach 

14-17 May - 2017 APPEA Conference and Exhibition, Perth

November 2017

16 November - INSTOK Well and Reservoir Technologies Conference, 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.


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