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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 control of maintenance of safety critical equipment could lead to a loss of containment and major accident event (MAE).
05/04/2017 Atwood Australian Waters Drilling Pty Ltd Atwood Osprey A547291.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Use of the surge tank, separator and steam heat exchanger for well testing
29/03/2017 Atwood Australian Waters Drilling Pty Ltd Atwood Osprey A546320.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Increased risk of multiple serious injuries or fatalities due to loss of integrity of TEMPSC in a platform abandonment event.
23/02/2017 Woodside Energy Ltd Goodwyn Alpha Facility A541303.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Inadequate control of safety critical instrumentation and valves could lead to loss of containment and a major accident event.
09/02/2017 MODEC Venture 11 B.V. MODEC Venture 11 A539296.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Inadequate control of safety critical instrumentation and valves could lead to loss of containment and a major accident event.
09/02/2017 MODEC Venture 11 B.V. MODEC Venture 11 A539295.pdf Closed
Environmental Prohibition Notice
Seismic sound exposure from the airgun array at levels that have been shown to cause negative biological effects to rock lobsters leading to an economic loss.
11/11/2016 Origin Energy Resources Crowes Foot Marine Seismic Survey A525861.pdf Closed
Environmental Prohibition Notice
An inadequate capability and capacity to respond to an oil spill from an uncontrolled release of petroleum resulting in short and long term biological, ecological and social harm.
24/06/2016 Timor Sea Oil and Gas Australia Pty Ltd Northern Endeavour Floating Production Storage and Offloading Facility A490997.pdf Closed
Environmental Improvement Notice
Petroleum activities subject to the local processes for change management may expose the environment to unidentified and unmanaged impacts and risks such as disruption to fishing effort, loss of catch, and/or significant impacts on matters protected under Part 3 of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
24/12/2015 Woodside Burrup Pty Ltd Pluto 4D Marine Seismic Survey A463601.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
Failure to put in place adequate arrangements for the evacuation of saturations divers to a place of safety in the event of an emergency.
09/12/2015 Subsea 7 Australia Contracting Pty Ltd Seven Eagle A461787.pdf Closed
OHS Improvement Notice
The operator of the facility could not demonstrate that it had reasonably assured the design, construction and installation of equipment and arrangements for towing the Self-Propelled Hyperbaric Lifeboat (SPHL) would protect the safety of divers.
03/12/2015 Technip Oceania Pty Ltd Wellservicer A458873.pdf Closed
Page last updated: October 18, 2021 10:12am