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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
Inadequate management of the maintenance of electrical heat tracing equipment within a hazardous area
13/09/2018 Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd West Tuna A633622.pdf Closed
OHS Prohibition Notice
Operating the Turbine Driven Centrifugal Gas Compressor with the exhaust ducting external surface temperatures exceeding acceptable limits in a hazardous classified zone.
06/09/2018 PTTEP Australasia (Ashmore Cartier) Pty Ltd Montara Venture A630569.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Two workers received non-fatal electric shocks whilst working on an isolated 33kV high voltage interconnector cable installed between the CPF Ichthys Explorer facility and the Ichthys Venturer FPSO facility.
12/07/2018 INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd CPF Ichthys Explorer A621342.pdf Closed
Environmental Improvement Notice
Inadequate management of hydrocarbon levels in the open pile to prevent releases of hydrocarbon to the marine environment.
08/03/2018 Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd Tuna platform A600009.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Inadequate control of maintenance of safety critical equipment could lead to a loss of containment and major accident event (MAE).
23/01/2018 Diamond Offshore General Company Ocean Monarch A591403.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Inadequate control of maintenance of safety critical equipment could lead to a loss of containment and major accident event (MAE).
23/01/2018 Expro Group Australia Pty Ltd Ocean Monarch A591023.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Multiple failures in the safe management of work being conducted resulting in a live process pipe being cut with a reciprocating saw.
20/12/2017 Esso Australia Pty Ltd Bream A A586955.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Risk of injury or death to personnel at the facility during well abandonment activities as a result of a loss of containment of hydrocarbons and the associated risk of fire and/or explosion.
13/12/2017 Expro Group Australia Pty Ltd Ocean Monarch A586375.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Risk of injury or death to personnel at the facility during well abandonment activities as a result of a loss of containment of hydrocarbons and the associated risk of fire and/or explosion.
13/12/2017 Diamond Offshore General Company Ocean Monarch A586004.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Risk of injury or death to personnel at the facility during well abandonment activities as a result of a loss of containment of hydrocarbons and the associated risk of fire and/or explosion.
13/12/2017 Diamond Offshore General Company Ocean Monarch A586001.pdf Closed
Page last updated: October 18, 2021 10:12am