NOPSEMA expands regulatory functions to include offshore infrastructure
Today the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill was passed in the senate granting the regulatory remit of the Offshore Infrastructure Regulator to NOPSEMA.
The Offshore Infrastructure Regulator has primary responsibility for oversight of work health and safety, environmental management, infrastructure integrity and financial security for offshore renewable energy and offshore electricity infrastructure activities.
This new role leverages existing expertise and experience in regulating large scale, technically complex offshore energy infrastructure activities in Australia and represents a natural progression for the Authority.
The Offshore Infrastructure Regulator will play an important role in providing advice and guidance to the emerging offshore renewable energy sector on compliance with regulatory requirements, while enabling the safe and responsible development of offshore renewable energy resources.
We will continue to work closely with industry, government, the workforce and the broader community as we implement the new framework.
Costs associated with administration of the framework will be fully recovered through a combination of fees and levies.