Structure, organisations and key people
NOPSEMA is an independent Commonwealth Statutory Agency
regulating the health and safety, well integrity and environmental
management of offshore petroleum industry activities in
Commonwealth waters, and in coastal waters where state and
Northern Territory functions have been conferred.
The authority has its headquarters in Perth and an office in Melbourne.
NOPSEMA commenced operations on 1 January 2012 following the Final Government Response to the Report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry and a decision to extend
the remit of NOPSA to include regulatory functions and responsibilities for environmental
The details of NOPSEMA’s legislated functions as Australia’s national offshore petroleum regulator are specified in section 646 of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act) and are reflected in the authority’s
corporate plan. The functions cover regulation of occupational health and safety (OHS), well integrity and environmental management for offshore petroleum operations
and greenhouse gas storage operations, and are outlined as follows:
• to promote the OHS of persons engaged in offshore petroleum operations or offshore greenhouse gas storage operations
• to develop and implement effective monitoring and enforcement strategies to secure compliance under the OPGGS Act and Regulations
• to investigate accidents, occurrences and circumstances relating to OHS, well integrity and environmental management
• to advise on matters relating to OHS, well integrity and environmental management
• to make reports, including recommendations, to the responsible Commonwealth minister and each responsible state/Northern Territory (NT) minister
• to cooperate with other Commonwealth and state/NT agencies or authorities having functions relating to regulated operations.
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