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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.

the Regulator | Issue 2: 2018 cover image

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

In this issue:

  • Message from the Chief Executive
  • Reflections on a collaborative approach to safety management
  • Support for Health and Safety Representatives outside of a facility-based inspection
  • The regulators perspective on marine seismic surveys: Identifying and managing environmental impacts
  • Major review of environmental guidance
  • Maintaining world class oil spill response capability
  • Meeting your obligations for decommissioning
  • When do you need to submit a safety case revision?
  • Sharing insights on best practice for well integrity and control
  • A new avenue for community feedback
  • Environment inspections focus on source control
  • Addressing challenges to operational integrity of contracted equipment
  • How NOPSEMA takes enforcement action 
  • Industry responds to dynamic positioning system human error tolerance
  • Plans for marine parks take effect
  • Responding to the unexpected while complying with the safety case
  • Quarterly performance dataset – Q1:2017
  • Schedule of events

Previous issues of the Regulator


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

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


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)



Annual offshore performance reports

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 2017 (PDF 3.7MB)

Previous editions of the report:


 Introducing NOPSEMA

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

Offshore petroleum safety case approvals

Introducing NOPSEMA

Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

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





*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


Offshore petroleum environmental approvals

oIl spill dispersants cover     

Annual reports

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.

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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)

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2011-12 (PDF 5.2MB)


HSR Handbook: A guide for health and safety representatives in Australia's offshore petroleum industry

Since its first publication, the HSR Handbook has proved to be a useful tool in assisting HSRs to understand their role as it relates to the legislation. This latest edition of the handbook has been revised and updated to provide concise and easy-to-read guidance that is of value to both new and experienced HSRs. For more information about HSRs see the Health and Safety Representatives page.

HSR Handbook Cover


Survey reports - Safety improvement initiatives 

In 2012, NOPSEMA collected survey data from facility operators regarding the types of safety performance improvement initiatives being implemented at the time. A modified version of the survey was then re-administered in 2017 in consultation with the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association, the International Association of Drilling Contractors, and International Marine Contractors Association. The Responses received from dutyholders represented 85% of the facilities and 98% of the wells active in Australian Commonwealth waters.

Report - Safety improvement initiatives in the Australian offshore petroleum industry - January 2018 (PDF 1.4MB)

Interim report - Industry safety improvement initiatives - April 2013 (PDF 382KB)