2015 Operational Review of NOPSEMA

The 2015 Operational Review (the Review) was the first of NOPSEMA since its establishment on 1 January 2012, and relates to the three-year period beginning on that date. There have been two previous triennial reviews of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA), the last covering the period from 2009 to 2011. Subsequent statutory reviews will take place every five years.

The Review considered NOPSEMA’s effectiveness of bringing about improvements in occupational health and safety, environmental management and well integrity. The Review report includes stakeholder’s submissions and contains findings and recommendations that address the scope of NOPSEMA’s activities. The Review findings are positive with the review Panel finding that "… NOPSEMA is demonstrating the characteristics of an effective regulator”. The Review was provided to the then Minister for Industry and Science, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, on 30 June 2015 and tabled in both Houses of Parliament on 16 September 2015.

The Government Response to the 2015 Operational Review of NOPSEMA (the Government Response) was tabled in both Houses of Parliament on 2 December 2015 by the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP.

The Government considered and accepted 15 of the 16 the Review recommendations, noted one and supported the 26 findings.

Of the 16 recommendations, the implementation of 10 recommendations is the responsibility of NOPSEMA’s Chief Executive Officer. One recommendation is the responsibility of Government, to be progressed by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. One recommendation is a joint responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer of NOPSEMA and the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator, and four recommendations are the joint responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer of NOPSEMA and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

All responsible parties will be implementing their responses in accordance with the Government Response.

The next operational review will be conducted in 2020.