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NOPSEMA issues direction to Shell Australia Pty Ltd

On the 22 January 2020, NOPSEMA issued a general direction to Shell Australia in relation to increasing deficiencies with the Safety Management System regarding the isolation of plant and equipment to conduct intrusive activities at the Prelude FLNG facility. For more information see the published directions and notices page.

New guidance: Powers of HSR's

Following a period of public comment, NOPSEMA has published new guidance on the Powers of Health and Safety Representatives. For more information see the news announcement.

Safety bulletin: Electric arc flash management 

Electric arc flash accidents regularly cause injuries and fatalities to Australian electrical workers. To protect the health and safety of the offshore workforce, operators must ensure the risk of an arc flash is reduced to ALARP. For more information see the Electric arc flash management safety bulletin.

Equinor receives second of four approvals for exploration in the Great Australian Bight

NOPSEMA has today accepted Equinor’s environment plan for exploratory petroleum drilling in the Great Australian Bight, which represents the second of four approvals required before activity can commence. For more information see the media statement.

Clarifying relevant persons

NOPSEMA recognises the need for further clarification in categorising a person or organisation as a relevant person and has published a bulletin to address this and provide good practice advice on how to get the most out of engagement. For more information see the Clarifying statutory requirements and good practice consultation (PDF 708KB) bulletin.

NOPSEMA responds to Chief Scientist’s Audit findings

NOPSEMA has addressed the findings of the Chief Scientist's Audit into NOPSEMA’s consideration of exploration in the Great Australian Bight by publishing responses and intended actions. For more information see the news and media page.

NOPSEMA requires Equinor to modify and resubmit environment plan 

NOPSEMA has issued a notice to Equinor requiring them to modify and resubmit their environment plan for proposed drilling in the Great Australian Bight. For more information see the news and media page.


the Regulator | Issue 3: 2019

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


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

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 Introducing NOPSEMA brochure (PDF 444KB) contains information broadly outlining NOPSEMA's history, jurisdiction, legislation, regulatory functions and governance.


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UPCOMING Events 2020


2020 AELERT-INECE Conference; 10-13 March, Adelaide, South Australia


APPEA 2020 Conference and Exhibition; 18-21 May, Perth, Western Australia 

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.


Open consultations, including exploration environment plans available for public comment are published on our consultation hub.


For details about Equinor's proposed activity, including a location map see the Industry environment plans page.

For assessment status updates see the Stromlo-1 exploration drilling program page. 

Community Information

For more information about the offshore petroleum approvals process see the Community information 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:

1300 674 472


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

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