Inspecting environmental consultation performance

Article published in the Regulator | Issue 2: 2016 

In the second half of 2016, NOPSEMA will increase the number of inspections that include checking titleholder compliance with consultation requirements under the Environment Regulations. All planned environmental petroleum inspections of short term activities will include the consultation inspection topic. Titleholders will be notified of the objectives and scope of the inspection by the usual inspection brief issued closer to the proposed inspection date.

This notification forms part of NOPSEMA’s strategic approach to improving compliance with the consultation requirements. Through the Stakeholder Engagement and Transparency work program, NOPSEMA seeks to ensure compliance with the requirements and also enhance industry-wide promotion of current environmental consultation performance. The inspections will also provide NOPSEMA with information to measure improvement since the completion of a similar inspection program in 2014-15.

Promotion of inspection learnings will be analysed and findings reported to industry on NOPSEMA’s website at nopsema.gov.au. NOPSEMA may take enforcement action where non-compliance is detected to assist in returning the titleholder to compliance and to raise awareness of the important role that consultation plays in the environmental management of petroleum activities.