People, planning and performance

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Organisational structure

NOPSEMA’s organisational structure comprises two regulatory divisions, one regulatory support division, and a Legal Team. Each division report to the Chief Executive Officer. This structure provides NOPSEMA with clear lines of responsibility and supports sound corporate governance, stakeholder engagement activities, and compliance efforts.

The Safety and Integrity Division regulate the management of health and safety risks to people at or near offshore petroleum facilities. The Environment Division regulate the  management of risks and impacts to the environment arising from offshore petroleum activities. The Regulatory Support Division lead regulatory development and corporate support services. The Legal Team provide advice in relation to matters affecting the business operations of NOPSEMA and ensure that NOPSEMA meets its statutory and legal obligations.

Organisational Structure November 2016

Corporate plan

NOPSEMA’s Corporate Plan 2016-21 sets the direction for NOPSEMA over the next 5 years, from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2021. The plan was prepared under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act), and for paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act), in accordance with the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rules 2014.

Regulator Performance Framework

The key performance indicators (KPIs) in NOPSEMA’s corporate plans have been set to align with the KPIs of the Regulator Performance Framework. The Framework, which came into effect 1 July 2015, is an important part of the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to reduce the cost of unnecessary or inefficient regulation.

The Framework sets out six outcomes-based KPIs covering reducing regulatory burden, communications, risk-based and proportionate approaches, efficient and coordinated monitoring, transparency, and continuous improvement. For more information or to view the Framework see the Cutting Red Tape website at cuttingredtape.gov.au.

The alignment of NOPSEMA’s KPIs with the requirements of the Framework has allowed NOPSEMA to provide a clear and consistent single report on its performance as a regulator to stakeholders each year. The first annual reporting period for the Framework concluded on 30 June 2016, after which NOPSEMA published an assessment of its performance against the Framework in the Annual Performance Statements within its annual report.

A key requirement of the Framework is the external validation of our self-assessment report by our Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) which for NOPSEMA, is the Growth Centres Advisory Committee (GCAC). To read the GCACs external validation report for 2015-16 see Report - Unconditional endorsement from GCAC - 2015-16 RPF self assessment (PDF 327KB).

Independent reviews

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

The independent operational review of NOPSEMA’s regulatory performance is a legislated requirement under section 695(2) of the OPGGS Act. The review considers NOPSEMA’s effectiveness in bringing about improvements in occupational health and safety, environmental management and well integrity. A panel of subject-matter experts appointed by the relevant Commonwealth Minister conduct the review, in collaboration with an independent consultancy.

An independent EPBC Act streamlining review is a requirement of the administrative arrangements of NOPSEMA’s endorsement as sole environment regulator for oil and gas activities in Commonwealth waters. This review assesses NOPSEMA’s compliance with the environmental management authorisation process (the Program) endorsed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The first review occurred in 2015 with future reviews to be incorporated into the independent operational review.

Compliance reporting

Annual report

The NOPSEMA Annual Report 2015-16 (PDF 2.6MB) covers NOPSEMA's operations and activities conducted during the year ending 30 June 2016. NOPSEMA’s annual report is made available to the Commonwealth Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, the relevant state and Northern Territory ministers, the offshore petroleum industry, its workforce and the public.

In compliance with the OPGGS Act and PGPA Act this report has been tabled in both Houses of Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia.

To access previous annual reports see the Publications page.

EPBC streamlining performance report

On 28 February 2014 NOPSEMA was endorsed as the sole regulator for petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters. Under the streamlined arrangements, NOPSEMA is to report annually on compliance with commitments specified in the Program report - Streamlining offshore petroleum environmental approvals - February 2014 (PDF 873KB).

Departmental and agency contracts

Pursuant to the Senate Order on departmental and agency contracts the following documents set out contracts entered into by NOPSEMA which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more.

Please note that as of 1 July 2014, NOPSEMA became a corporate entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and subsequently is no longer required to set out contracts entered into to the value of $100,000 or more.

Financial years

Contracts entered into by NOPSEMA which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more and which:

      • have not been fully performed as at 30 June, or

      • have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 30 June.

Senate order on departmental and agency contracts - 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 (PDF 69KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013 (PDF 35KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012 (PDF 132KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011 (PDF 20KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 (PDF 24KB)

Consultancy Services let of $10,000 or more - 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 (PDF 21KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009 (PDF 16KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008 (PDF 104KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 July 2006 to 30 June 2007 (PDF 21KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 July 2005 to 30 June 2006 (PDF 16KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 July 2004 to 30 June 2005 (PDF 16KB)

Calendar years

Contracts entered into by NOPSEMA which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more and which:

      • have not been fully performed as at 31 December, or

      • have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 31 December.

Senate Order on Deparmental and Agency Contracts - 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013 (PDF 29KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 January 2012 to 31 December 2012 (PDF 26KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011 (PDF 24KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2010 (PDF 10KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2009 (PDF 16KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008 (PDF 111KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2007 (PDF 26KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2006 (PDF 20KB)

Senate Order on Departmental and Agency Contracts - 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2005 (PDF 14KB)

Statement of legal services expenditure

Under paragraph 11.1 (ba) of the Legal Services Directions 2005, NOPSEMA is required to release to the public certain information about its expenditure on legal services. The following reports fulfil the mandatory reporting requirements.

 Financial years

Legal services expenditure for 2015-16 (PDF 71KB)

Legal services expenditure for 2014-15 (PDF 21KB)

Legal services expenditure for 2013-14 (PDF 21KB)

Legal Services Expenditure for 2012-13 (PDF 75KB)

Legal Services Expenditure for 2011-12 (PDF 20KB)

Legal Services Expenditure for 2010-11 (PDF 11KB)

Legal Services Expenditure for 2009-10 (PDF 11KB)

Legal Services Expenditure for 2008-09 (PDF 19KB)

Legal Services Expenditure for 2007-08 (PDF 11KB)

Legal Services Expenditure for 2006-07 (PDF 35KB)

Legal Services Expenditure for 2005-06 (PDF 37KB)</p