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As part of its regulatory functions under the OPGGS Act and to increase transparency, NOPSEMA publishes directions, prohibition notices and improvement notices. These regulatory enforcement actions are published within 7 days and no later than 21 days of issuance and the provisions for publication do not apply to any other types of notices, letters or enforcement actions issued by NOPSEMA or NOPSEMA inspectors.

Published directions, improvement and prohibition notices will not be removed when they cease to have effect, however, in the event a direction/notice is the subject of external review it will be removed. Where a direction is revoked, the direction is cancelled from the date specified in the revocation notice. NOPSEMA will ensure that as far as is reasonably practicable all personal information as defined in the Privacy Act 1988 is redacted from these documents prior to publication. When a direction or notice is marked closed, it means that the duty holder has notified NOPSEMA that the direction or notice has been complied with.

Under Part 6.2 of the OPGGS Act, NOPSEMA and the responsible Commonwealth Minister have powers to issue directions to petroleum or greenhouse gas titleholders. NOPSEMA can issue three types of directions: general directions, significant incident directions and remedial directions. The directions powers are used by NOPSEMA for enforcing compliance with the OPGGS Act and associated regulations. Failure to comply with directions is an offence.

A prohibition notice may be issued if a NOPSEMA inspector is satisfied on reasonable grounds that there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of any person or an immediate and significant threat to the environment. A prohibition notice stops the duty holder from continuing their activity and will only cease to have effect when a NOPSEMA inspector is satisfied adequate action has been taken to remove the threat specified in the notice.  Failure to comply with a prohibition notice is an offence.

An improvement notice may be issued if a NOPSEMA inspector believes the duty holder or titleholder is contravening or has contravened a provision of offshore petroleum Commonwealth OHS or environmental law and as a result there is, or could be, a risk to the health and safety of any person or a significant threat to the environment. The notice will cease to have effect when the responsible duty holder or titleholder takes the action specified in the notice. Failure to comply with an improvement notice is an offence.

Sort published directions and notices

Type Of Notice Date issued Organisation Facility / activity Notice Status
OHS Improvement Notice
It was identified that the electronic control of work (COW) system had critical, continuous and systemic process deficiencies and that even with the additional interim controls, the COW did not result in a reasonably practicable means of effectively managing and controlling OHS risks for all work activities requiring a ‘permit to work’ at the facility.
16/03/2023 Noble Drilling Australia Pty Ltd Noble Deliverer OHS Improvement Notice 1901.pdf Open
General Direction
Santos is directed to notify NOPSEMA at least 10 days before commencement of any future activities covered by the Barossa Gas Export Pipeline Installation Environment Plan, to carry out an assessment to identify any underwater Indigenous cultural heritage places along the Barossa pipeline route, update the existing environment plan, and provide weekly progress reports of the assessment.
13/01/2023 Santos NA Barossa Pty Ltd, SK E&S Australia Pty Ltd and Santos Offshore Pty Ltd Barossa Gas Export Pipeline Installation Environment Plan General Direction 1898.pdf Open
OHS Improvement Notice
Pipework failures and loss of containment incidents
29/12/2022 Vermillion Oil & Gas Australia Wandoo A and Wandoo B OHS Improvement Notice 1899.pdf Open
General Direction
Issued to ensure the impacts and risks that may occur from the RTM are managed until it can be safely removed from the title area.
23/12/2022 Woodside Energy Nganhurra Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) General Direction 1897 - Nganhurra RTM.pdf Open
General Direction
Dropped object incident in proximity to members of the work force. 
06/12/2022 INPEX Maersk Deliverer 1892.pdf Open
General Direction
Gas bubbles detected on sea surface near John Brookes platform.
05/12/2022 Santos John Brookes General Direction 1895 - Santos - John Brookes Pipeline.pdf Closed
OHS Prohibition Notice
Drilling into potentially pressured zones of the Santos’ Spartan-2 well with well control equipment that is unfit for service.
21/11/2022 Noble Contracting II GmbH Noble Tom Prosser A891347.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Diamond have failed to implement a safe system of work for confined space entry.
31/10/2022 Diamond Offshore General, LLC Ocean Apex Notice 1889_0.pdf Closed
General Direction
Jadestone is directed to prevent the re-introduction of produced hydrocarbons at their Montara Venture facility, until a review from a suitably qualified independent organisation has confirmed the structural integrity of the facility's hull and tanks and the facility's operational readiness.
12/09/2022 Jadestone Energy (Eagle) Pty Ltd Montara Venture A867557.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Corrosion levels on Cargo deck plating and penetrations to propagate to a level which exceeds applicable design and code limits.
29/06/2022 Woodside Energy Ltd. Vincent A852634.pdf Closed
Page last updated: March 20, 2023 11:09am