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Draft safety case guidance note open for comment - deadline extended

NOPSEMA has published for comment a draft guidance note to assist vessel facility operators to more effectively document in their safety cases how they will address external hydrocarbon hazards and reduce the associated risks to a level that is ALARP. For more information see the Safety Case Guidance Notes page.

Safety alert: Collared eyebolts as lifting equipment

NOPSEMA has published a safety alert following an incident where two collared eyebolts failed during lifting operations resulting in a 21.7 tonne diverter falling up to 1.8 metres to the facility floor. To read the alert see the Safety Alert page.

NOPSEMA takes enforcement action

A recent NOPSEMA inspection identified maintenance on safety-critical equipment was not carried out consistent with commitments made in the facility safety case. As a result, NOPSEMA took action to prevent a potential major incident risking health and safety. For more information see the Published notices page and refer to notices 639, 640, 641 and 642.

Update on NOPSEMA's compliance strategy 

NOPSEMA has finalised its review of stakeholder feedback on the compliance strategy and associated policies. For further information see the Compliance strategy page.

2017 stakeholder survey

NOPSEMA is now seeking feedback to evaluate the effectiveness of initiatives implemented as part of our Stakeholder Engagement and Transparency Strategic Improvement Program. For more information see the Stakeholder engagement and transparency page.

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.


the Regulator | Issue 1: 2017

The Regulator Issue 1 2017

  • Message from the CEO
  • Dynamic position control systems must be tolerant to human error
  • Improving MODU mooring system integrity for cyclonic conditions
  • Industry responds to diving operation recommendations
  • Workforce participation is central to improving safety outcomes
  • NOPSEMA takes enforcement action for inadequate testing of TEMPSCs
  • Marine oil pollution response arrangements in Western Australia
  • Inspecting oil spill response service providers and equipment stockpiles
  • An open discussion about environmental management
  • When to submit a revision of an EP
  • NOPSEMA seeks feedback on transparency initiatives
  • Revised oil pollution risk management information paper open for comment
  • New safety case guidance for vessel facilities open for comment
  • Are you complying with your financial assurance obligations?
  • Meeting the requirements of the amended well regulations
  • An alignment of failures
  • Failure to manage valve locking and car sealing systems
  • Are you analysing your failure rate data for process safety valves?
  • Hazardous chemicals information, instruction and training

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.


May 2017

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

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

NOPSEMA will be exhibiting alongside the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, NOPTA, Geoscience Australia and NERA at this year’s APPEA conference. NOPSEMA representatives will be available to answer questions about offshore petroleum regulation and the regime. Please come and visit us at booth 306.

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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