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New guideline on consultation

NOPSEMA has published a new guideline describing how it considers consultation requirements when assessing an environment plan. To read the Assessment of Environment Plans: Deciding on Consultation Requirements guideline (GL1629) see the Consultation process page.

New safety case guidance

NOPSEMA has published a new guidance note on emergency planning (GN1053), the last of a planned suite, and a guidance note providing a cross reference of safety case content requirements with the specific guidance notes which address them. To view the guidance notes see the Safety Case Guidance Notes page.

Oil spill preparedness workshop

On 2 May, NOPSEMA is co-hosting a half-day workshop for industry and regulators on the oil spill preparedness topic of ‘How Much is Enough?’ To register see Upcoming Events.

Submission to the Senate Inquiry

NOPSEMA has made a submission to the Inquiry into oil and gas production in the Great Australian Bight. To read NOPSEMA's submission see

Guidance for HSRs on PINs

NOPSEMA has written a guideline to provide additional clarification for health and safety representatives (HSRs) on how to complete a Provisional OHS Improvement Notice (PIN). The guideline (GL0517), along with a revised template of the PIN form, can be found on the safety Enforcement page.

Vessels subject to the Australian offshore petroleum safety legislation

NOPSEMA has published a new guidance note intended to assist the Australian offshore petroleum industry establish when a vessel is subject to Schedule 3 of the OPGGS Act 2006, and associated regulations. The guidance note (GN1661) is available on the Safety Case Guidance Notes page.

Public comment sought on consultation and transparency requirements

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is currently reviewing consultation and transparency requirements under the Environment Regulations. An issues paper has been prepared and will be available for public consultation from 22 March 2016 to 30 April 2016. Further information can be found at

Environment alert highlights change management processes

NOPSEMA has published an environment alert in relation to the proper application of the management of change (MoC) control measure. NOPSEMA is concerned inadequate or poorly applied MoC procedures may fail to continually identify and reduce environmental impacts and risks to levels that are as low as reasonably practical (ALARP). To read the environment alert see the Environment Alerts page.

NOPSEMA resumes environmental assessment for exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight

On 15 March, BP resubmitted their environment plan for proposed exploration drilling in the Great Australia Bight. NOPSEMA will now resume its assessment against the requirements of the Environment Regulations. To stay up-to-date with the status of the assessment, expected decision dates and decisions made subscribe to the Great Australian Bight Exploration Drilling Program submission page.


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the Regulator Issue #1 2016 (PDF 1.3MB)

  • Message from the CEO
  • Critical maintenance for idle rigs
  • Stakeholder engagement and transparency improvements pay off
  • Sharing lessons learned through environment alerts
  • Human factors in accident investigations
  • Feedback sought on oil pollution risk management guidance
  • Changes to NOPSEMA reporting of recordable incident data
  • Investigating failures of riser emergency shutdown valves
  • NOPSEMA to participate in oil spill preparedness and response events
  • The importance of a nominated liaison person
  • NOPSEMA to trial online environmental management submissions
  • TEMPSC assurance
  • Hand-arm vibration prevention
  • Environment alert: Proper application of change management processes
  • Data reports and statistics
  • Schedule of events

Annual offshore performance report

Contains data covering the industry and regulatory performance to 31 December 2014. To view the Annual offshore performance report click here.

NOPSEMA Annual Report 2014-15

The NOPSEMA Annual Report 2014-15 has been tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament. To view the NOPSEMA Annual Report 2014-15 click here.

Major offshore incidents

Stena Clyde fatalities, Bass Strait, 27 Aug 2012

On 3 September 2015 the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria imposed a criminal penalty of $330,000 against Stena Drilling Australia Pty Ltd for their failure to implement and maintain systems of work that were safe and without risk to health as required under clause 9(2)(d) of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006.

Announcement - Stena Clyde fatalities - Summary of facts - 10 December 2015

Report - Summary of facts - Stena Drilling Australia - 9 December 2015 (PDF 61KB)

Transcript - Stena Drilling Australia sentencing hearing - 3 September 2015 (PDF 39KB)

Media release - Stena Drilling Australia Pty Ltd - convicted and fined - 03 September 2015 (PDF 130KB)

Media release - Stena Drilling Australia Pty Ltd pleads guilty - 27 August 2015 (PDF 130KB)

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

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

Annoucement - Update on investigation into fatalities on Stena Clyde drilling rig, Bass Strait - 23 August 2013 (PDF 127KB)

Announcement - Investigation into fatalities on Stena Clyde drilling rig, Bass Strait - 17 October 2012 (PDF 69KB)

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

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

Incident Notification

To notify NOPSEMA of an accident, dangerous occurrence or environmental incident call (08) 6461 7090

For general enquiries call (08) 6188 8700


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MAY 2016

2 - Oil spill preparedness ‘How much is enough?’ Workshop, Perth

To register for the workshop email with the subject line: Expression of Interest, APPEA OSR Forum – IOPER Joint Workshop, 2nd May 2016

2-6 - Asia-Pacific Oil Spill Prevention and Preparedness Conference (Spillcon 2016),  Perth

JUNE 2016

5-8 - 2016 APPEA Conference and Exhibition, Brisbane

Events listed are those at which NOPSEMA is presenting or exhibiting or has an organisational role. For presentations at past events see our Presentations page.