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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 To ensure operators are aware of their obligations on this matter, NOPSEMA has published draft guidance, which is open for comment on the Safety Case Guidance Notes page until 31 October 2017.

Vessel facilities subject to external hydrocarbon hazards

Following the consideration of industry comment, NOPSEMA has published a new safety case guidance note to assist vessel facility operators in addressing hydrocarbon hazards and providing the appropriate information in the associated safety case or safety case revision. To access the report see the Safety case guidance notes page.

Stakeholder engagement and transparency

NOPSEMA has published the final report for our Stakeholder Engagement and Transparency work program. We will continue to progress initiatives through the newly established Transparency Taskforce. To access the final report of 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.


the Regulator | Issue 3: 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 Chief Executive
  • Pathways to improvement
  • Qualifications of medical personnel on offshore facilities: Draft guidance open for comment 
  • Continuous improvement of oil spill response preparedness through international engagement
  • Newly established spill risk forum
  • Vessels subject to external hydrocarbon hazards
  • Finished the petroleum activity? How to end your environment plan
  • Improved transparency in environment plan submissions
  • Environment plan reference cases
  • Digital transformation
  • Inspecting and maintaining Ex equipment
  • Australian Government agencies' expectations for titleholder consultation
  • Q2:2017 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 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 case covering the management of sewage, grey-water and putrescible wastes from offshore petroleum activities. Public comment period closes 5pm AWST 2 Decemember 2017. See

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.

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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.