Appointed by the responsible Commonwealth resources minister, NOPSEMA's CEO has overall responsibility for the management of NOPSEMA.

The CEO must have regard to the advice and recommendations of the NOPSEMA Advisory Board. NOPSEMA reports, as appropriate, to the responsible Commonwealth state and Northern Territory resources ministers on major investigations and annually to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment on its environmental management performance under the endorsed EPBC Act arrangements.

Every five years, NOPSEMA is subject to an independent operational review of its regulatory performance and its performance as the sole environment regulator for offshore petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters.

The Ministerial statement of expectations (sets out the responsible Commonwealth Minister's expectations of NOPSEMA in discharging its functions under the OPGGS Act and associated regulations, as well as under other relevant legislation.

The NOPSEMA CEO statement of intent sets out how NOPSEMA's CEO will meet the expectations of the responsible Commonwealth Minister as set out in the Ministerial Statement of Expectations of October 2019.

The Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (the OPGGS Act) provides for the using and sharing of offshore information with Australian agencies. NOPSEMA may also enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with government agencies and authorities for particular purposes.


  • Memorandum of Understanding between NOPSEMA & WorkSafe Victoria

  • Memorandum of Understanding between NOPSEMA & the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

  • Memorandum of Understanding between NOPSEMA & the Autoridade Nacional do Petroleo e Minerais

  • Memorandum of Understanding between NOPSEMA & Parks Australia

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