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Public consultation: Offshore oil and gas safety review 

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science are conducting a review of the regulatory regime for the safety of workers involved in offshore oil and gas activities. To have your say, or for more information visit 

Offshore energy regulator releases offshore performance report

NOPSEMA has released its Annual offshore performance report. This report provides a summary of safety and environmental performance of Australia's offshore petroleum industry for 2018. 

NOPSEMA extends decision timeframe for Equinor environment plan

NOPSEMA has advised Equinor that it is unable to make a decision on their environment plan for proposed exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight within the initial 30 day assessment period. For more information see the news and media page. 

Equinor environment plan submission for the Great Australian Bight

NOPSEMA has received an environment plan submission from Equinor for its proposed petroleum drilling activity in the Great Australian Bight. For more information see the news and media page.

Newly published guidance to support transparency amendments 

NOPSEMA has published a series of guidance to assist stakeholders in understanding and meeting the requirements of the Environment Regulations that come into force on 25 April 2019. The guidance is available on the environment resources page.

NOPSEMA publishes its first bulletin 

NOPSEMA has published a bulletin to clarify the application and interpretation of oil spill modelling presented in environment plans. See the bulletins page for more information.

NOPSEMA supports increased transparency of offshore environmental assessments

Amendments to the Environment Regulations to increase the transparency of offshore oil and gas environment plans will come into force from 25 April 2019.  For more information see the news and media page.

New regulatory guidance - Workplace arrangements

Following a consultation period, NOPSEMA has recently published a new guidance note on workplace arrangements. For more information, see the news and media page. 

Public comment now closed 

The public comment period has now closed for submissions on Equinor’s proposed environment plan for drilling activity in the Great Australian Bight. For more information see the news and media page. 

NOPSEMA attendance at parliamentary event in South Australia

Recent media reporting has highlighted NOPSEMA’s attendance at a South Australian parliamentary event relevant to the safe and environmentally responsible regulation of energy activities offshore South Australia. For more information see the news and media page.

Inaugural HSR Forum 

In recognition of the important contribution of HSRs, a two day HSR Forum is planned to take place on 12-13 June 2019 in Perth. For more information see the news and media page

Open for comment: Safety case guidance

NOPSEMA has published for comment a draft operational risk assessments guidance note. To read the guidance or for more information see the news and media page.

Source control workshop 2019

In May, NOPSEMA in collaboration with APPEA and the International Offshore Petroleum Environment Regulators’ Forum will host the premier global source control event. For more information see the news and media page.


the Regulator | Issue 1: 2019

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

The Regulator - Issue 4 - 2018

  • Message from the Chief Executive
  • Science and evidence informs best-practice environmental management
  • A big year of inspections and assessments for the Seismic and Production Operations Team
  • Inagural Tripartitie Health and Safety Representatives Forum
  • Premier Source Control Workshop
  • Effective testing of oil spill response arrangements
  • Insight into public comment process for exploration environment plans 
  • Better practice approaches to consultation
  • What does NOPSEMA take into account in its decision making?
  • Increasing regulatory transparency in enforcement
  • Moving towards a common language in well integrity
  • Is safety, or safety collaboration, a competitive advantage?
  • Referring to supporting documentation in published environment plans  
  • Upcoming events

Annual offshore performance report 2018

The Annual Offshore Performance Report 2018 (PDF 2MB) provides a summary of safety and environmental performance data of Australia's offshore petroleum industry to 31 December 2018.

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. 

Environmental approvals process - post transparency 

The Fact sheet - Environmental approvals process - post transparency - March 2019 (PDF 42KB) provides a summary of the environmental approvals process following amendments to the Environment Regulations that will take effect from 25 April 2019. 

Introducing NOPSEMA

The Brochure - Introducing NOPSEMA - November 2018 (PDF 414KB) contains information broadly outlining NOPSEMA's history, jurisdiction, legislation, regulatory functions and governance.

NOPSEMA annual report 2017–18

The NOPSEMA Annual Report 2017-18 (PDF 7.3MB) contains information covering the authority's operations and activities conducted during the year ending 30 June 2018.

Community Information

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



Exploration environment plan proposals that are open for public comment are published on our open for comment 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 (08) 6461 7090.


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


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UPCOMING Events 2019

May 2019

27-30  - APPEA 2019 conference and exhibition, Brisbane

June 2019

12-13  - Inaugural HSR Forum 2019, 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.


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.

Find out more about a career with NOPSEMA and build on your professional skills to make a real difference.