Environment resources

NOPSEMA has developed a series of advice documents to inform and assist stakeholders to interpret and meet the requirements of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009 (Environment Regulations).

NOPSEMA's advice documents should not be relied on as advice on the law, nor treated as a substitute for legal advice in any relevant situation. NOPSEMA's assessment of a regulatory permissioning document, monitoring and enforcement activities, are undertaken in accordance with the regulations.

NOPSEMA’s advice documents are subject to periodic review and update. Comments and suggestions on the content of any advice documents are welcomed can be directed to environment@nopsema.gov.au.

Assessment

Policies

PL0050 - Assessment - Rev 14 - January 2018 (PDF 261KB)

PL1347 - Environment plan assessment - Rev 6 - April 2017 (PDF 534KB)

PL1650 - OPP Assessment Policy - Rev 0 - August 2016 (PDF 221KB)

PL1780 - Financial assurance requirements for petroleum titles - Rev 0 - June 2018 (PDF 156KB)

Guidance notes

GN1343 - Petroleum activity - Rev 2 - April 2016 (PDF 174KB)

GN1344 - Environment plan content requirements - Rev 3 - April 2016 (PDF 1.1MB)

GN1663 - OPP content requirements - Rev 2 - October 2016 (PDF 1.2MB)

GN1785 - Petroleum activities and Australian marine parks - Rev 0 - July 2018 (PDF 781KB)

GN1746 - Change to the titleholder with operational control of activities - October 2017 (PDF 615KB)

GN1488 - Oil pollution risk management - Rev 2 - February 2018 (PDF 371KB)

Guidelines

GL1721 - Environment plan decision making - Rev 5 - June 2018 (PDF 342KB)

GL0225 - Making submissions to NOPSEMA - Rev 16 - May 2017 (PDF 183KB)

GL1350 - Environmental management cost recovery - Rev 2 - March 2017 (PDF 698KB)

GL1381 - Financial assurance for petroleum titles - Rev 6 - September 2017 (PDF 7.7MB)

GL1566 - Environment plan summaries - Rev 1 - July 2016 (PDF 196KB)

GL1691 - End of the operation of an environment plan – Regulation 25A - Rev 1 - October 2016 (PDF 175KB)

GL1705 - When to submit a proposed revision of an environment plan - Rev 1 - January 2017 (PDF 466KB)

Information papers

IP1382 - Streamlining environmental regulation of petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters - Rev 0 - February 2014 (PDF 189KB)

IP1349 - Operational and scientific monitoring programs - Rev 2 - March 2016 (PDF 1.6MB)

IP1411 - Consultation requirements under the OPGGS Environment Regulations 2009 - Rev 2 - December 2014 (PDF 184KB)

IP1664 - A guide to submitting public comment for an OPP - Rev 2 - July 2017 (PDF 552KB)

IP1764 - Considerations for five year revisions - Rev 1 - January 2018 (PDF 150KB)

Forms

FM1257 - Environment plan submission cover sheet - Rev 8 - June 2017 (DOCX 161KB)

FM1653 - OPP submission cover sheet - Rev 2 - October 2016 (DOCX 112KB)

FM1519 - Financial assurance declaration - Rev 1 - July 2015 (PDF 269KB)

FM1465 - Financial assurance confirmation - Rev 2 - August 2017 (PDF 195KB)

FM1408 - Regulation 25A - Notification of end of operation of environment plan - Rev 3 - February 2018 (DOCX 94KB)

FM1405 - Regulation 29 - Notification of start and end of activity - Rev 2 - February 2017 (DOCX 144KB)

Inspection & enforcement

PL1523 - Inspection - Rev 3 - March 2017 (PDF 179KB)

PL0973 - Petroleum environmental inspections - Rev 5 - June 2018 (PDF 197KB)

PL0067 - Enforcement - Rev 15 - March 2017 (PDF 235KB)

Reporting

Policies

GN0926 - Notification and reporting of environmental iIncidents - Rev 4 - February 2014 (PDF 148KB)

Forms

FM0831 - Report of an accident, dangerous occurrence or environmental incident - Rev 8 - Jan 2015 (DOCX 127KB)

FM0928 - Monthly environmental incident reports - Rev 3 - March 2014 (DOC 74KB)

FM1405 - Regulation 29 - Notification of start and end of activity - Rev 2 - February 2017 (DOCX 144KB)

FM1408 - Regulation 25A - Notification of end of operation of environment plan - Rev 3 - February 2018 (DOCX 94KB)


Brochures

 Introducing NOPSEMA

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

Decommissioning offshore petroleum facilities in Commonwealth waters

Introducing NOPSEMA

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

Decomissioning

*Under review in 2018

Clarifying arrangements for environmental regulation of petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters

Requirements for effective consultation on petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters

Environmental management and the offshore petroleum lifecycle

Clarifying arrangements for environmental regulation of petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters Requirements for effective consultation on petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters Environmental management and the offshore petroleum lifecycle

Approval and regulatory process flowcharts

The offshore petroleum approval and regulatory process

Assessment process for environment plans

Assessment process for offshore project proposals

Image - Flowchart - The offshore petroleum approval and regulatory process - April 2016 Image - Flowchart - Assessment process for environment plans - April 2016 Image - Flowchart - Assessment for offshore project plans - April 2016

Regulator articles

Complete issues of the Regulator are published on the Publications page.

2017

Marine oil pollution response arrangements in Western Australia: Are you compliant? 

Inspecting oil spill response service providers and equipment stockpiles

An open discussion about environmental management

Is your activity occurring where it shouldn't be?

International meeting of environmental regulators

Oil spill response - competency and training

Lessons learned from environmental enforcement action 

New national recovery plan for marine turtles

Continuous improvement of oil spill response preparedness through international engagement

Finished the petroleum activity?  How to end your environment plan

Improved transparency in environment plan submissions

NOPSEMA concerned about misuse of ‘management of change’

Improving access to environmental management information

Preparing your EP five-year revision?

2016

Working with stakeholders to address environmental management challenges

NOPSEMA supports WA strategy for marine science collaboration

IOPER annual general meeting and new research outcomes on sound and marine life

Has your Environment Plan reached the end of its life? …if so, here’s how to end it!

Offshore Project Proposal (OPP) – guidance updated

The importance of a nominated liaison person

Collaborative opportunities for oil spill preparedness and response

Inspecting environmental consultation performance

Deciding on environmental consultation requirements

Monitoring financial assurance compliance

2015

Chemical selection and substitution warnings

Consultation for larger scale seismic surveys

Optimising dispersant selection for offshore pollution risks

Managing scientific uncertainty in environmental impact assessments for seismic surveys

Effective consultation and opposing views

2014

Monitoring of impacts to the environment from oil pollution

Referring to information previously submitted

Request for further information

Commencement of financial assurance requirements

Addressing stakeholder concerns on consultation

Environment plan levies for title applicants

Environment inspections post 1 October 2014

Clarifying environmental input in oil pollution response arrangements

Science in complex environmental decisions

New ‘Oil pollution risk management’ information paper

Changes to environmental reporting requirements

Achieving effective consultation with relevant persons

Produced Formation Water - Oil in water

2013

Sufficient information for consultation

Effective environmental consultation for offshore petroleum activities

Environment culture - planning to respond

Developing appropriate environmental performance standards

Building strong environmental foundations

2012

Off the shelf monitoring programs

Managing the risks of marine pests

Environmental monitoring – one size fits all?

Reporting environmental incidents can drive continuous improvement

 

See the Resources page for frequently asked questions, publications, presentations and data reports and statistics.