Diving operations

The Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Diving Safety) Regulations 2002 - Diving Guidelines 2003 give guidance on meeting the requirements of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety) Regulations 2009 for offshore petroleum exploration and production activities involving diving in Commonwealth and Victorian designated coastal waters. For designated coastal waters in other states and the Northern Territory (NT) please refer to the relevant state or NT agency for guidance.

The Guidelines for complying with the Diving Safety Regulations give guidance on meeting the requirements of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety) Regulations 2009 for offshore petroleum exploration and production activities involving diving in Commonwealth and Victorian designated coastal waters. For designated coastal waters in other states and the Northern Territory (NT) please refer to the relevant state or NT agency for guidance.

Offshore petroleum diving assessment process 

Image - Offshore petroluem diving assessment process brochure

Offshore commercial diving is undertaken throughout the lifecycle of an offshore energy project from supporting its construction, to carrying out inspections and repairs, and installing and removing equipment. The work is inherently dangerous requiring its workforce to operate specialised equipment in an underwater environment that does not support human life. To protect the health and safety of the diving workforce, the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety) Regulations 2009 require acceptance of a diving safety management system (DSMS) and diving project plan (DPP) before any diving may commence. For more information see the Offshore petroleum diving assessment process brochure (PDF 416KB).

Diving guidelines

The original version of the guidelines was originally developed in 2003 by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (now the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science). In October 2018, these guidelines were revised to fully reflect the current regulatory requirements relating to diving and the Complying with the diving safety regulations guideline (PDF 1.1MB) were developed. A further review of the diving guidelines is currently underway and will involve consultation and engagement of the offshore petroleum diving industry, including diving contractors.

Note: Your attention is drawn to the important notice on the first page of the guidelines, which provides details of the recent revision of the guidelines and the transition from the 2003 version, and the implications for the users of these guidelines.

Register - Diving safety management systems (DSMS) and diving project plans (DPP)

Regulation 4.9 of the Safety Regulations requires NOPSEMA to make available a register of DSMSs and DPPs of original and revised DSMSs.

Register of current diving safety management systems and diving project plans

Note: From 1 January 2013, jurisdictions marked in ORANGE are no longer regulated by NOPSEMA due to the lapse in conferral of powers to NOPSEMA in accordance with Section 646A of the OPGGS Act 2006.

Concordance table - DSMS

The elements detailed within the Diving safety management system concordance tables (DOCX 104KB) form the basis under which NOPSEMA assesses the DSMS. This should be used to indicate in the free text areas against each element where in the DSMS compliance is demonstrated. On completion, this table should be provided to NOPSEMA at the same time the DSMS is submitted.