Under the Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014 (the Regulatory Powers Act), which came into operation 1 October 2014, new provisions relevant to NOPSEMA’s regulatory operations, which are contained in the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Compliance Measures) Act 2013 and the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment Act 2013, came into operation. These provisions include new enforcement powers for NOPSEMA Inspectors.

Environment enforcement decisions

NOPSEMA inspectors are guided by NOPSEMA policy when choosing appropriate enforcement action(s) to obtain a responsible party’s compliance with the legislation. Environment enforcement action is taken if, in the opinion of the NOPSEMA inspector, it is warranted to address immediate threats to the environment.

In all enforcement actions, the ultimate intent is to meet the objectives of the relevant legislation. Where enforcement is necessary to achieve compliance, NOPSEMA uses its powers in a transparent, efficient and consistent manner and according to the principles of procedural fairness.