Guidance notes

Guidance notes provide NOPSEMA's expectations on a specific topic.

Environmental management 

Petroleum activity

Petroleum activity guidance note (PDF 201KB)

Petroleum activities and Australian marine parks guidance note (PDF 474KB)

Offshore project proposal 

Offshore project proposal content requirements guidance note (PDF 414KB)

Environment plan 

Environment plan content requirements (PDF 953KB)

Responding to public comment on environment plans guidance note (PDF 199KB)

Oil pollution emergency plan

Oil pollution risk management guidance note (PDF 465KB)

Change of titleholder

Change to the titleholder with operational control of activities guidance note (PDF 257KB)

Safety & integrity 

Offshore facility

Facility definition includes an associated offshore place guideline (PDF 216KB)

Operator nomination & registration

Criteria for registration and deregistration guidance note (PDF 151KB)

Replacement of a registered operator for a facility or pipeline guidance note (PDF 135KB)


Vessels subject to the Australian offshore petroleum safety legislation guidance note (PDF 124KB)

Vessel facilities subject to external hydrocarbon hazards guidance note (PDF 592KB)

Vessels subject to the Australian offshore petroleum safety legislation guidance note (PDF 124KB)

Scope of validation for a proposed facility 

Validation guideline (PDF 318KB)

Facility safety case

The safety case in context - an overview of the safety case regime guidance note (PDF 777KB)

Operational risk assessment guidance note (PDF 457KB)

Safety case guidance notes cross reference guidance note (PDF 168KB)

Safety case lifecycle management guidance note (PDF 1MB)

Safety case content and level of detail guidance note (PDF 850KB)

Hazard identification guidance note (PDF 662KB)

Supporting safety studies guidance note (PDF 504KB)

Risk assessment guidance note (PDF 631KB)

ALARP guidance note (PDF 545KB)

Control measures and performance standards guidance note (PDF 1018KB)

Safety management systems guidance note (PDF 457KB)

Emergency planning guidance note (PDF 556KB)

Involving the workforce guidance note (PDF 381KB)

Well operations management plan 

Well operations management plan content and level of detail guidance note (PDF 658KB)

Well operations management plan lifecycle management guidance note (PDF 2.3MB)

Well operations

ALARP in the context of well integrity guidance note (PDF 848KB)

Well integrity control measures and performance standards guidance note (PDF 508KB)

Diving operations

Complying with the diving safety regulations guideline (PDF 1.1MB) 

Petroleum safety zone application 

Safety zones and the area to be avoided guidance note (PDF 1.7MB)

Health and safety representatives 

Workplace arrangements guidance note (PDF 2.2MB)

Occupational health

Qualifications of medical personnel on offshore facilities guidance note (PDF 314KB)

Noise exposure standards guidance note (PDF 206KB)

Fatigue avoidance guidance note (PDF 390KB)

Reporting of safety, well integrity or environmental incidents

Notification and reporting of accidents and dangerous occurrences guidance note (PDF 224KB)

Notification and reporting of environmental incidents guidance note (PDF 207KB)

Damage to safety critical equipment guidance note (PDF 223KB)