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Financial assurance arrangements

On 1 January 2015, titleholders will be required to demonstrate to NOPSEMA that they meet the financial assurance requirements of section 571(2) of the OPGGS Act. NOPSEMA has finalised guidance on financial assurance requirements which can be viewed on the Financial Assurance page.

Update on Stena Clyde investigation

Legal proceedings have commenced through the Magistrates' Court of Victoria. To read the statement click here.

Successful prosecution of employer in relation to diving incident

Technip has been convicted and fined by the Perth Magistrates Court following specific health and safety breaches. To read the statement click here.

Clarifying arrangements for environmental regulation in Commonwealth waters

On 28 February 2014, NOPSEMA became the sole regulator of petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters in an effort to reduce duplication of environmental assessment processes. Amendments to the Environment Regulations also clarified and simplified regulatory requirements and regulatory practice. For NOPSEMA guidance on the amendments click here.



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Latest Issue

The Regulator Issue 6 2014 (PDF 1.4MB)

In this issue:

  • Message from the CEO
  • Timely provision of proposed actions to address inspection recommendations
  • Monitoring of impacts to the environment from oil pollution
  • Electronic submission of documents to NOPSEMA
  • Referring to information previously submitted
  • Fatigue avoidance guidance note
  • Commencement of financial assurance requirements
  • Human factors – Safety culture and perception surveys
  • International Offshore Petroleum Environment Regulators
  • International collaboration on global offshore safety initiatives
  • Request for further information
  • Quality of drinking water
  • Data reports and statistics
  • Schedule of events


Annual offshore performance report

Contains data covering the industry and regulatory performance to 31 December 2013. To view the report click here.

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2013-14

The NOPSEMA Annual Report 2012-13 has been tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament. To view the report click here.

Major offshore incidents

Stena Clyde fatalities, Bass Strait, 27 Aug 2012

NOPSEMA has completed its investigation into the fatalities on the Stena Clyde mobile offshore drilling facility.

Update on Stena Clyde investigation - 26 Aug 2014 (PDF 123KB)

Update on investigation into fatalities on Stena Clyde drilling rig (16 Jun 2014) (PDF 100KB)

Announcement on independent investigation (23 Aug 2013) (PDF 127KB)

Announcement on preliminary considerations (17 Oct 2012) (PDF 69KB)

Independent investigation into fatal accident on Stena Clyde (29 Aug 2012) (PDF 97KB)

NOPSEMA investigates fatalities in Bass Strait (27 Aug 2012) (PDF 47KB)



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