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Public consultation: Environment consultation and transparency reform 

The Australian Government is holding a series of public consultation sessions to discuss proposed amendments to the Environment Regulations. The amendments seek to improve the consultation and transparency requirements for offshore oil and gas activities in Commonwealth waters. To participate visit

Public consultation: Review of decommissioning framework 

The Australian Government has commenced a review of the legislative and regulatory framework for decommissioning offshore petroleum infrastructure in Commonwealth waters. To participate visit

NOPSEMA issues Direction to Esso Australia Resources 

On 27 September 2018, NOPSEMA issued Esso Australia Resources with a Direction in relation to electrical heat tracing equipment. For more information see the news and media page.

Open for comment: Draft workplace arrangements guidance note

NOPSEMA has published a draft workplace arrangements guidance note for public comment. For more information see the news and media page.

NOPSEMA concludes compliance monitoring of the Baleen seismic survey

NOPSEMA has concluded its compliance monitoring of the Baleen 2D HR Seismic Survey conducted by Asset Energy Pty Ltd (Asset Energy) in petroleum title PEP-11. For more information see the news and media page.

Surge in hours worked and commissioning activity for offshore oil and gas in 2017

NOPSEMA has released its Annual Offshore Performance Report, for the year ending 31 December 2017. For more information see the news and media page.

NOPSEMA issues Direction to Triangle Energy 

On 25 July 2018, NOPSEMA issued a Direction to Triangle Energy in relation to an incident on the Cliff Head Alpha offshore platform. For more information see the news and media page.

Managing activities that may affect Australian marine parks

NOPSEMA has worked closely with Parks Australia to develop and publish new guidance for titleholders managing offshore petroleum activities that may affect Australian marine parks. For more information see the news and media page.

Have your say: Environment plan assessment guidance

In response to stakeholder feedback, NOPSEMA has extended the public comment period to 31 August 2018. For more information see the news and media page.

Public consultation: Review of the offshore petroleum safety regime

The Australian Government has commenced a review of the offshore petroleum safety regime to ensure it continues to provide an effective framework for securing the health and safety of the offshore workforce. To participate see

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.

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.


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

Requirements for consultation and public comment

The Brochure - Requirements for consultation and public comment on petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters - August 2018 (PDF 165KB) provides an overview of the environment plan consultation and offshore project proposal public comment requirements for petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters.

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

The Brochure - Offshore petroleum environmental approvals - August 2018 (PDF 227KB) 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.

Annual offshore performance report

The Annual Offshore Performance Report 2017 (PDF 3.7MB) contains data covering the industry and regulatory performance to 31 December 2017.

Introducing NOPSEMA

The Brochure - Introducing NOPSEMA - May 2017 (PDF 743KB) contains information broadly outlining NOPSEMA's history, jurisdiction, legislation, regulatory functions and governance.

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.

Open for comment

NOPSEMA welcomes comment and feedback on its draft workplace arrangements guidance note by 19 November 2018.

Community Information

For more information about the offshore petroleum approvals process see the Community Information page.



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UPCOMING Events 2018

October 2018

22 October - Offshore Safety Review workshop, Perth

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

30, 31 October - Decommissioning discussion forums, Perth

30, 31 October - Consultation and transparency public information sessions, Perth

November 2018

1 November - Consultation and transparency public information session, Adelaide

2 November - Consultation and transparency public information session, Melbourne

2 November - Decommissioning discussion forum, Melbourne  

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.