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Updated diving guidelines

NOPSEMA has updated its diving guidelines to reflect the requirements of the Safety Regulations. For further information see the news and media page.

Open for comment: Environment plan assessment guidance

NOPSEMA is seeking feedback on its guidance documents relating to the assessment of environment plans. All comments should be provided by 20 July 2018. For more information see the open for comment page.

NOPSEMA Advisory Board Chair named in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia has announced the appointment of Ms Erica Smyth as a Companion of the Order of AustraliaFor more information see the news and media page

Update on Technip prosecution

Following a review of NOPSEMA's brief of evidence, in relation to alleged breaches by Technip Oceania Pty Ltd of provisions of the OPGGS Safety Regulations, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has made the decision to commence prosecution. For more information see the news and media page

Information session - Working towards transparency in offshore petroleum

Registrations are now open for an information session on the progress of improvements to consultation and transparency in the offshore petroleum regulatory regime. Further information and registration details are available here.

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.


the Regulator | Issue 2: 2018

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 2: 2018 cover image

  • Message from the Chief Executive
  • Reflections on a collaborative approach to safety management
  • Support for Health and Safety Representatives outside of a facility-based inspection
  • The regulators perspective on marine seismic surveys
  • Major review of environmental guidance
  • Maintaining world class oil spill response capability
  • Meeting your obligations for decommissioning
  • When do you need to submit a safety case revision?
  • Sharing insights on best practice for well integrity and control
  • A new avenue for community feedback
  • Environment inspections focus on source control
  • Addressing challenges to operational integrity of contracted equipment
  • How NOPSEMA takes enforcement action 
  • Industry responds to dynamic positioning system human error tolerance
  • Plans for marine parks take effect
  • Responding to the unexpected while complying with the safety case
  • Quarterly performance dataset – Q1:2017
  • 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

NOPSEMA is seeking feedback on its environment plan assessment guidanceAll comments should be provided by 20 July 2018.

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

July 2018

1-5 July - Australian Marine Sciences Association Conference, Adelaide

August 2018

20-21 August - 10th Annual Prosafe 2018, Melbourne

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.