Archived - Review of the Environment Regulations 2009

In conjunction with implementation of the government's response to the Montara incident, and following the establishment of NOPSEMA on 1 January 2012 as the national environment regulator for petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters, the department undertook a comprehensive review of the Environment Regulations established under the OPGGSA.

The objective of the review was to ensure that the Environment Regulations are a suitable basis for regulators to minimise impacts on the environment arising from offshore exploration, development, operation and decommissioning of petroleum and carbon storage activities and facilities.

The department undertook the review with the assistance of NOPSEMA, State and Territory authorities as well as industry stakeholders. The Taskforce established to streamline environmental approvals for offshore petroleum activities implemented the outcomes of the review. The amendments improved and clarified the regulation of environmental management of offshore petroleum activities.

Draft amendment regulations

The Exposure Draft of the proposed amendments and an Explanatory Document to the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009 (Environment Regulations) were released for public comment from 6 December until 20 December 2013.

Information sessions on the draft amendment regulation were held in Hobart (9 December), Melbourne (10 December), Adelaide (11 December) and Perth (12 December).

Public consultation – Exposure Draft Environment Regulations

The closing date for submissions was 20 December, 2013.

Submissions received are published below unless they were marked as confidential.

Public consultation – Issues paper

In conducting the review, the department invited stakeholders to make submissions on an issues paper (see related documents) on 21 December 2012. The public consultation period closed on 28 February 2013.

Twenty submissions were received and are listed below.

Submissions received

  • S001 - Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • S002 - Australian Maritime Safety Authority
  • S003 - International Marine Contractors Association
  • S004 - Chevron Australia Pty Ltd
  • S005 - MG Kailis
  • S006 - Woodside Energy Ltd
    • confidential
  • S007 - Inpex
    • confidential
  • S008 - WA Seafood Exporters
  • S009 - NOPSEMA
    • confidential
  • S010 - International Fund for Animal Welfare, Conservation Council of Western Australia, Kangaroo Island Dolphin Watch and Wild Migration
  • S011 - Commonwealth Fisheries Association
  • S012 - Western Australian Fishing Industry Council
  • S013 - Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • S014 - Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • S015 - Goldband Nominees Pty Ltd and Zamia Bay Pty Ltd
  • S016 - Origin
  • S017 - Department of Primary Industries - Victoria
  • S018 - Shell
  • S019 - Apache Energy Ltd
  • S020 - Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Limited (APPEA)

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Related pages

  • Environmental approvals processes
    Under the EPBC Act, any proposed mining or petroleum exploration or development activity is first subject to assessment and approval processes.
  • Permits and Commonwealth Reserve Approvals
    When seeking environmental approval to undertake a mining or petroleum activity, there are some instances where a general environmental approval or clearance under the EPBC Act does not completely cover an activity. In such instances, an additional permit or approval is required.

Related documents

More information

For more information about Australia's offshore petroleum environment contact:

Environmental Regulations Review
Environment Safety and Security
Resources Division
Department of Industry
GPO Box 1564

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