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Operational integrity of contracted equipment

NOPSEMA recently conducted a workshop to communicate lessons learned from recent inspections of contracted equipment on mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) facilities, and to identify and promulgate good industry practices and regulatory expectations in the area. For more information see the news and media page.

General direction issued to Asset Energy Pty Ltd

On 29 March 2018 NOPSEMA issued a general direction to Asset Energy Pty Ltd in relation to the proposed Baleen 2D seismic survey offshore NSW. For more information see the news and media page.

First offshore project proposal published

NOPSEMA has approved and published the first offshore project proposal (OPP), following 8 weeks of public consideration and comment. The Barossa Area Development OPPis now available on NOPSEMA's website. 

Oil pollution risk management 

NOPSEMA has published an updated Oil pollution risk management guidance note to incorporate stakeholder feedback and suggested improvements and to provide greater clarity on key focus areas relevant to oil pollution risk management.

Considerations for five-year environment plan revisions

NOPSEMA has published a new information paper providing advice to titleholders on things to consider in the preparation of a five-year revision to an environment plan for long-term activities. For more information see the news and media page.

New Commonwealth decommissioning guidelines

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has released a guideline regarding decommissioning obligations under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006. For more information see the news and media page.

Safety improvement initiatives survey results

NOPSEMA recently collected survey data from facility operators and wells titleholders regarding the types of safety improvement initiatives being undertaken. To view the survey report see the Publications page.

We want to hear from you

NOPSEMA is pleased to invite expressions of interest from interested persons to join our newly established Community and Environment Reference Group (CERG). For more information see the news and media page.

Media reporting on diving incident

In response to media reports regarding diving activity associated with the Inpex Ichthys project, NOPSEMA wishes to clarify the current status of regulatory actions. For more information see the news and media page

Enforcement action related to the Ocean Monarch facility

NOPSEMA has taken OHS enforcement action against BHP Billiton Petroleum Pty Ltd, Diamond Offshore General Company, and Expro Group Australia Pty Ltd in relation to non-compliances associated with well abandonment activities carried out on the Ocean Monarch facility. For more information see the News & Media page.

New guidance on offshore medic qualifications

Following a public comment period, NOPSEMA has finalised and published a new guidance note on offshore Medic qualifications. For more information see the occupational health section of the safety resources page.

Added transparency for offshore oil and gas

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, has announced a series of changes to implement the recommendations of the Offshore Petroleum Consultation and Transparency Review. For more information see the media release at


the Regulator | Issue 4: 2017

This quarterly magazine is intended to keep stakeholders informed of NOPSEMA’s activities and priorities, relevant legislative reform, and emerging industry issues.

Regulator Dec2017 web 1

  • Message from the Chief Executive
  • The Regulator evolving: focus areas and the pathways to improvement
  • Continuous improvement in vessel safety cases 
  • Good industry practice in the construction of HPHT wells
  • Verifying safety features of light well intervention systems during commissioning
  • DP systems’ tolerance to human error: an international collaboration
  • Work management review following recent incidents
  • Whole body vibration hazards
  • NOPSEMA concerned about misuse of ‘management of change
  • Expressions of interest: Community and environment reference group
  • Improving access to environmental management information
  • Preparing your EP five-year revision?
  • NOPSEMA participates in Australia’s largest oil spill response exercise
  • New guidance on transfer of operational control
  • NOPSEMA participates in international diving seminar
  • IRF maintains focus on industry performance
  • Quarterly performance dataset - Q3 2017
  • Schedule of events 

Annual offshore performance report

The Annual offshore performance report 2016 (PDF 6.5MB) contains data covering the industry and regulatory performance to 31 December 2016.

Introducing NOPSEMA

The Brochure - Introducing NOPSEMA - May 2017 (PDF 743KB) contains information broadly outlining NOPSEMA's history, jurisdiction, legislation, regulatory functions and governance.

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

The Brochure - Offshore petroleum environmental approvals - May 2017 (PDF 501KB) 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.

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2016–17

The NOPSEMA Annual Report 2016-17 (PDF 6.6MB) contains information covering the authority's operations and activities conducted during the year ending 30 June 2017.

Smoothing the transition to increased transparency

The Smoothing the transition to increased transparency brochure - July 2017 (PDF 875KB) provides an overview of the proposed work streams to be pursued by the transparency taskforce and a summary of the environment plan 'reference case' concept.

Community Information

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


Open for comment

Offshore project proposals (OPP's) open for public comment are published on the Offshore Project Proposal - Public comment page.


Improvement and prohibition notices are published within 21 days of issuance on the Published Notices page


To notify NOPSEMA of an accident, dangerous occurrence, environmental or well integrity incident call (08) 6461 7090.


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UPCOMING Events 2018

April 2018

4 April - NOPSEMA Cost Effectiveness meeting, Perth

Early April - Industry workshop: Operational integrity of contracted equipment

May 2018

30 April-3 May - Offshore Technology Conference, Houston

14-17 May - APPEA Conference and Exhibition, Adelaide

June 2018

5-8 June - International Regulators' Forum Annual General Meeting and Conference, Aberdeen

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.


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.

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