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Stakeholder engagement and transparency

NOPSEMA has published the Stakeholder engagement and transparency work program final report. The report provides details of initiatives identified and actions completed under the work program as well as a summary of engagement with stakeholders. NOPSEMA will continue to progress initiatives to improve engagement and transparency through the newly established transparency taskforce. For more information see the Stakeholder engagement and transparency page.

NOPSEMA releases offshore project proposal for public comment 

NOPSEMA has released the first Offshore Project Proposal for public comment. For more information see NOPSEMA's media release.

Safety alert: Well annulus leaks gas-lift inventory

NOPSEMA has published a safety alert following an incident where a failed instrument line resulted in the release of the gas-lift inventory from the well annulus. To read the safety alert see the Safety alert page.

NOPSEMA issues improvement notice to PTTEP Australasia

On 21 June 2017, NOPSEMA issued PTTEP Australasia with an improvement notice relating to environmental management non-compliance associated with its Montara operations. For more information see NOPSEMA's media release.

New guidance addresses change to the titleholder with operational control of activities 

NOPSEMA has published for comment a draft guidance note to assist incoming and existing titleholders in maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements when there is a change to the titleholder with operational control of a well or petroleum activity. For more information see the News & Media page.

NOPSEMA launches dedicated community information section on its website

NOPSEMA has launched a dedicated Community Information section on its website where the community can find information on the offshore petroleum approval process. Further details on this initiative can be found in NOPSEMA's news announcement.

No fatalities or injuries reported in offshore oil and gas in 2016

NOPSEMA has released its Annual Offshore Performance Report for the year ending 31 December 2016. The report's findings show that 2016 was the first year since the establishment of a national safety regulator that no fatalities or major injuries were reported. For more information or to read the report see the News and Media page.

NOPSEMA takes interim step in Bass Strait oil sheen investigation

On 9 May 2017, NOPSEMA published an Environment Alert and Environmental Improvement Notice as an interim step in the investigation of an oil sheen in the Bass Strait reported on 1 February 2017. For more information see the News and Media page.

Human factors - Critical task analysis information paper

NOPSEMA has recently published an information paper on critical task analysis as part of the human factors information papers series. This series of guidance provides information about the way organisational, individual, and job factors influence human reliability. For more information see the Human factors information paper page.


the Regulator | Issue 2: 2017

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 1 2017

  • Message from the CEO
  • Is your activity where it shouldn’t be
  • Good practice for saturation diving
  • Loss-of-position incidents
  • Meeting of environment regulators
  • Guarding against ‘reverse ALARP’
  • Collared eye bolts as lifting equipment
  • Oil spill sampling
  • Lessons from an enforcement action
  • Third party certification
  • Oil spill response competency and training
  • Environment plan decision-making
  • Community information
  • International well integrity standards
  • Safety case guidance for vessel facilities
  • Guidance for change of titleholder
  • Reducing the risk of human error
  • New national recovery plan for  turtles
  • An agenda for improved engagement
  • Survey on safety improvement initiatives
  • Maintenance of well-testing equipment
  • Validation requirements
  • Reporting of well incidents
  • Q1:2017 performance dataset
  • 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 2015-16

The NOPSEMA Annual Report 2015-16 (PDF 2.6MB) contains information covering the authority's operations and activities conducted during the year ending 30 June 2016.

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

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


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August 2017

10 August - Smoothing the transition to increased transparency information session, Perth

21-22 August - 9th Annual ProSafe 2017, Melbourne

October 2017

2–4 October - 2017 International Regulators Forum, AGM, Copenhagen

25-26 October - 2017 APPEA Health, Safety & Environment Conference, Perth

November 2017

16 November - INSTOK Well and Reservoir Technologies Conference, 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.

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