Making a submission to NOPSEMA

For regulatory submissions, NOPSEMA only accepts electronic documents. This reduces the need for printing and managing hard copies and is compatible with NOPSEMA’s electronic document and records management system. If hard copies are received, these will be returned to the sender (particularly for large submissions).

NOPSEMA requests one electronic consolidated text searchable PDF copy of each submission to be provided. The submission, including any attachments, should be clearly labelled so that the nature of the submission can be easily identified. For public submissions on Offshore Project Proposals please refer to the OPP open for public comments page.   

Online submission portal for environment plans and financial assurance documents

NOPSEMA has developed a new, online system to submit environment plans and financial assurance documents. For an initial trial period of six months, titleholders are encouraged to submit their documents through https://online.nopsema.gov.au.

If you choose to submit an environment plan or financial assurance document online then a cover sheet is not required.

Feedback on the positive and negative aspects of this improved regulatory service is welcomed through feedback@nopsema.gov.au. NOPSEMA has aimed to streamline the submission process by only requesting information relevant to the specific submission and providing clearer guidance on making an administratively complete submission.

Further written information and resubmissions of an environment plan after NOPSEMA has provided an opportunity to modify and resubmit should continue to be submitted via Secure File Transfer.

Secure file transfer for all other regulatory submissions

Secure File Transfer is NOPSEMA‘s preferred submission method as this system:

  • issues a File Download Notice to the submitter when the documents are accessed by a NOPSEMA staff member, which provides verification that the submission has been received

  • provides for an attachment size of at least 250Mb, while email only provides for 10Mb per message.

For more information on how to use Secure File Transfer or to make a submission see Making a submission using Secure File Transfer.

Subject to size limitations mentioned above, regulatory submissions may also be provided via email to submissions@nopsema.gov.au.

For further details on making a submission to NOPSEMA, please refer to the GL0225 - Making submissions to NOPSEMA - Rev 14 - December 2015 (PDF 171KB).

Making a submission using Secure File Transfer

The secure file transfer system website is located at: https://securefile.nopsema.gov.au/filedrop/submissions

Please complete all the fields on the submission form, including a brief description of the purpose of your submission and your preferred contact details. The submission type selected on the form is used to direct each submission to the appropriate team for processing. Please select the option which describes the purpose of your submission, and provide further details in the description if necessary. We recommend that you include the name and phone number of a contact person for the submission.

For public submissions on Offshore Project Proposals please refer to OPP open for public comments page.   

There are no set limits on the number of documents that may be attached to each message. It is often more convenient to combine a large number of documents into a ZIP archive to be attached to a message, as this reduces the number of steps in preparing a submission. The current size limit for single documents is displayed at the bottom of the submission form. This is set to 250 megabytes.

Submitted documents are limited to a list of accepted file types, which are listed near the bottom of the form. Click on "Accepted File Types" to see the full list.

Acknowledgement of your submission

On sending your submission you should see an immediate response at the top of the submission page indicating 'Files sent successfully'. An email message will later be sent to you once your message and documents have been received. Please note that this acknowledgement of receipt does not signify the adequacy of the submission for any regulatory purpose, only that it has been received. Where the law requires submissions to satisfy specific validity criteria, a separate notice will be given after appropriate checks are completed.

Security and confidentiality of your submission

Secure File Transfer is designed to ensure the confidentiality and reliable delivery of your submission. Care has been taken in the selection and construction of the system to apply good IT security practice and establish appropriate technical and personnel controls. All traffic to the system is encrypted and protected by multiple access control layers. The system is not operating on public cloud infrastructure but on servers operated by NOPSEMA within Australia.