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Human factors - Complex decision making information paper

NOPSEMA has published an information paper on complex decision making as part of the human factors information papers series. For further information see the Human factors information page.

Update to NOPSEMA’s ongoing compliance monitoring of the Baleen seismic survey

Following the recent completion of the Baleen 2D HR Seismic Survey, NOPSEMA continues to monitor compliance of Asset Energy to ensure they meet all their obligations under the Environment Plan and General Direction issued in relation to the survey. For more information see the news and media page.

Update to NOPSEMA's investigation into diving complaints

NOPSEMA has progressed its investigation following a total of seven complaints regarding saturation diving operations being conducted by DOF Subsea Australia Pty Ltd as part of the Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd - Ichthys project. For more information see the news and media page.

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.



the Regulator | Issue 1: 2018

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

Regulator issue 1 2018 cover image

  • Message from the Chief Executive
  • NOPSEMA prevents major accident events
  • Global communications on tolerance of DP systems to human error
  • False alarms during maintenance of safety-critical equipment
  • The value of the regulator
  • Preventing and managing loss of well control: A study of well integrity failures in offshore Australia
  • How NOPSEMA engages with HSRs
  • Improved consultation and transparency gains momentum
  • Smoothing the transition to increased transparency
  • Qualification of offshore medics
  • Report: Safety improvement initiatives
  • New and updated environmental management guidance
  • Industry’s obligations to meet community expectations
  • Effective frontline hazard identification tools
  • What role do titleholders play in safety case acceptance?
  • Effective control of work systems critical to preventing incidents and injuries
  • Health surveillance: occupational contact dermatitis
  • Industry workshop: Operational integrity of contracted equipment
  • Quarterly performance dataset – Q4:2017
  • 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

June 2018

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

October 2018

23-25 October - SPE Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition, Brisbane

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.