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The Regulator magazine

The Regulator is NOPSEMA's online quarterly magazine. It is intended to keep stakeholders informed of NOPSEMA’s activities and priorities, relevant legislative reform, and emerging industry issues. To be notified of the magazine's online publication subscribe here or to request hard copies submit a request form.


Latest issue: the Regulator | Issue 3: 2019 

In this issue:

  • Message from the Chief Executive
  • Independent Audit confirms NOPSEMA as an effective regulator 
  • Australia joins inaugural meeting of offshore wind regulators  
  • Future directions: Australia's offshore energy regulator 
  • Inspection focus areas for 2019-20
  • The importance of planning for decommissioning during the life of an activity 
  • Adding to the HSR toolbox: Learning about bowties at the HSR Forum
  • How to make effective public comment on environment plans 
  • Consideration of risks from seismic events 
  • Criminal prosecutions and NOPSEMA's role 
  • Expecting the unexpected: NOPSEMA responds to bridge collapse to ensure business as usual
  • Keeping up with NOPSEMA 
  • NOPSEMA forges closer relationship with the ANP
  • The effects of noise on aquatic life conference - July 2019
  • 2018 year in review 
  • NOPSEMA's online resources  
  • Upcoming events

Previous issues of the Regulator


the Regulator | Issue 2: 2019 (PDF 1.9MB)

The Regulator | Issue: 1 2019 (PDF 2.9MB)


the Regulator | Issue 4: 2018 (PDF 2.9MB)

the Regulator | Issue 3: 2018 (PDF 3.2MB)

the Regulator | Issue 2: 2018 (PDF 1.7MB)

the Regulator | Issue 1: 2018 (PDF 1.9MB)


the Regulator | Issue 4: 2017 (PDF 2.4MB)

the Regulator | Issue 3: 2017 (PDF 2.1MB)

the Regulator | Issue 2: 2017 (PDF 3.3MB)

the Regulator | Issue 1: 2017 (PDF 1.8MB)


the Regulator - Issue #3 2016 (PDF 7.8MB)

the Regulator - Issue #2 2016 (PDF 1.4MB)

the Regulator - Issue #1 2016 (PDF 1.3MB)


the Regulator - Issue #4 2015 (PDF 1.5MB)

the Regulator - Issue #3 2015 (PDF 995KB)

the Regulator - Issue #2 2015 (PDF 929KB)

the Regulator - Issue #1 2015 (PDF 1.2MB)


The Regulator - Issue #6 2014 (PDF 1.4MB)

the Regulator - Issue #5 2014 (PDF 690KB)

the Regulator - Issue #4 2014 (PDF 966KB)

the Regulator - Issue #3 2014 (PDF 703KB)

the Regulator - Issue #2 2014 (PDF 857KB)

the Regulator - Issue #1 2014 (PDF 924KB)


the Regulator - Issue #6 2013 (PDF 1.7MB)

the Regulator - Issue #5 2013 (PDF 1.2MB)

the Regulator - Issue #4 2013 (PDF 630KB)

the Regulator - Issue #3 2013 (PDF 1.1MB)

the Regulator - Issue #2 2013 (PDF 1.1MB)

the Regulator - Issue #1 2013 (PDF 1.4MB)


the Regulator - Issue #6 2012 (PDF 2.8MB)

the Regulator - Issue #5 2012 (PDF 3.6MB)

the Regulator - Issue #4 2012 (PDF 2.9MB)

the Regulator - Issue #3 2012 (PDF 2.2MB)

the Regulator - Issue #2 2012 (PDF 3.8MB)

the Regulator - Issue #1 2012 (PDF 3.8MB)



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Oil spill modelling

NOPSEMA has created an oil spill modelling video which seeks to provide the community with an understanding of what oil spill modelling is and why it is required for the preparation of environment plans.

Oil spill modelling video

Annual offshore performance report

Annual Offshore Performance Report 2017

This report provides a stocktake of industry performance for the calendar year and includes data and regulatory information collected by NOPSEMA on injuries and fatalities, incidents, inspections, assessments, investigations and enforcements from offshore petroleum operations in the NOPSEMA’s jurisdiction.

Latest edition: Annual Offshore Performance Report 2018 (PDF 2MB)

Previous editions of the report:




 Introducing NOPSEMA

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

Offshore petroleum safety case approvals

Public Comment on Environment Plans

Introducing NOPSEMA

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

Image - Offshore petroleum safety case approvals brochure cover

Image - Offshore petroleum safety case approvals brochure cover

Offshore petroleum well integrity approvals 

Requirements for consultation and public comment

Environmental management and the offshore petroleum lifecycle

Image - Offshore petroleum well intregrity approvals

Requirements for effective consultation on petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters

Environmental management and the offshore petroleum lifecycle

Decommissioning offshore petroleum facilities

An overview of the offshore petroleum lifecycle



*Under review in 2018





Objective-based regulation

Oil spill arrangements at a glance

Oil spill strategies at a glance

Introducing NOPSEMA

oIl spill arrangements cover 

oIl spill strategies cover


Oil spill modelling at a glance

Oil spill dispersants at a glance

Marine seismic surveys at a glance

Environmental approvals process - post transparency 

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

oIl spill dispersants cover     

Corporate annual report

NOPSEMA's annual report is prepared in accordance with Section 690 of the OPGGS Act and section 46 of the PGPA Act. The report covers NOPSEMA's operations and activities conducted during the financial year ending 30 June. The report is tabled in both Houses of Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia and is made available to the Commonwealth Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, the relevant state and Northern Territory ministers, the offshore petroleum industry, its workforce and the public.

Annual Report 2018 19


NOPSEMA Annual Report 2018-19 (PDF 8.2MB)

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2017-18 (PDF 7.3MB)

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2016-17 (PDF 6.6MB)

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2015-16 (PDF 2.6MB)

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2014-15 (PDF 850KB)

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2013-14 (PDF 1.7MB)

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2012-13 (PDF 2.3MB)