Role statement - National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is an Australian Government statutory agency and is Australia’s national regulator for health and safety, structural (well) integrity and environmental management for all offshore oil and gas operations in Commonwealth waters and in coastal waters where regulatory powers and functions have been conferred.  In 2013, Victoria conferred its functions on NOPSEMA for the regulation of health and safety and structural integrity of offshore petroleum operations in Victorian waters. 

NOPSEMA’s key focus areas are:

  • preventing major accident and loss of containment events
  • preventing and managing loss of well control
  • improving response and spill source control
  • improving oil spill preparedness arrangements

Titleholders are responsible for arrangements to respond to and monitor oil pollution arising from offshore petroleum operations. NOPSEMA as the regulator is provided with specific provisions for monitoring and securing compliance of titleholder arrangements. In the event of an oil spill, NOPSEMA may also give significant incident directions in areas of State/Territory jurisdiction.
 

Activity

Critical task alignment / activity source

Mitigation

 

Promote and advise on occupational health and safety, well integrity and environmental matters relating to offshore petroleum operations and offshore greenhouse gas well operations and environmental management of greenhouse gas storage activities

1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 4.5, 4.6

   

Develop and implement effective monitoring and enforcement strategies to secure compliance for occupational health and safety, well integrity and environmental management in offshore petroleum operations and offshore greenhouse gas well operations and environmental management of greenhouse gas storage activities

1.3, 4.3, 16.2

   

Response (including Relief)

 

Ensuring that response activities in an offshore area are carried out in a manner consistent with accepted regulatory documents and significant incident directions

3.2

   

Provision of advice and briefings to Ministers, the public and the media on emergencies at or involving offshore petroleum operations and greenhouse gas storage activities

2.1, 4.5, 4.6

   

Provision of expert advice to assist other agencies who are responding to emergencies at or involving offshore petroleum operations and greenhouse gas storage activities

4.5, 4.6

   

Co-operate with other Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies or authorities on matters relating to offshore petroleum operations and greenhouse gas storage activities

4.5, 4.6

   

Input to strategic direction of the Australian Government response to offshore petroleum incidents and greenhouse gas storage incidents

4.5, 4.6

   

Recovery

 

For recovery activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.

 
   

Assurance and Learning

 

Investigate accidents, occurrences and other circumstances that may affect occupational health and safety, well integrity and environmental management of offshore petroleum operations and offshore greenhouse gas well operations and environmental management of greenhouse gas storage activities

4.4, 11.1, 21.1