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Expressions of interest: Community & environment reference group

NOPSEMA is pleased to invite expressions of interest for our newly established Community and environment reference group. For more information see the Stakeholder engagement and transparency 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

Safety alert #67: Understanding light well intervention safety systems 

NOPSEMA has published a safety alert following an incident where the failure to fully understand a light well intervention safety system’s functionality caused two 1.6kg dropped objects. For more information see Safety Alert #67.

New guidance on transfers of operational control

Following a public comment period, NOPSEMA has finalised and published a new guidance note on transfers of operational control. For more information see the news and media page.

Environmental reference case open for comment

NOPSEMA has published for public comment the first environmental reference case covering the management of sewage, grey-water and putrescible wastes from offshore petroleum activities. For more information see NOPSEMA's media release

Potential for fatalities from electrical incidents

NOPSEMA has published a safety alert following three notifications in less 90 days of dangerous occurrences involving personnel performing electrical work which could have resulted in electric shock or electrocution. For more information see Safety Alert #66.

Permanent and fixed-term career opportunities at NOPSEMA

NOPSEMA’s Safety and Integrity Division is currently seeking OHS Regulatory Specialists and Well Integrity Specialists. For more information and how to apply for these vacancies see the Careers page.

Open for comment: Qualifications for offshore medical personnel

NOPSEMA has identified some operators are employing offshore medics with insufficient qualifications to deal with emergency medical situations. To ensure operators are aware of their obligations on this matter, NOPSEMA has published draft guidance, which is open for comment on the Safety Case Guidance Notes page until 31 October 2017.


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.

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  • 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 730KB) 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 488KB) 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


See the Community Information page for helpful information about the offshore petroleum approval process.

Open for comment

Environmental reference cases open for public comment are published at

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


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UPCOMING Events 2017

November 2017

16 November - INSTOK Well and Reservoir Technologies Conference, Perth

December 2017

7 December - Reference Cases Briefing: Past, Present and Future, Perth

Please register your attendance here

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.

Incident Notification

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

For general enquiries call (08) 6188 8700.


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.