Streamlining process

Strategic Assessment in Commonwealth Waters

In October 2013, the Minister for Industry, the Minister for the Environment and the CEO of NOPSEMA agreed to develop and implement a 'one stop shop' for offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas environmental assessment in Commonwealth waters. A key feature of the streamlining project was to conduct a strategic assessment, in accordance with Part 10 the EPBC Act, of NOPSEMA’s environmental management authorisation processes.


The Program (which describes the OPGGS Act Environmental management authorisation process for petroleum activities) and draft Strategic Assessment Report (which demonstrates how implementation of the Program ensures appropriate consideration and management of potential impacts on matters protected under Part 3 of the EPBC Act) were released for public consultation from 22 November to 20 December 2013.

A summary of the public comments submitted and the response to submissions relating to the strategic assessment are contained in the supplementary report, which was submitted to the Minister for the Environment, along with the final Program and Strategic Assessment Reports in January 2014.

Endorsement and approval

The Minister for the Environment endorsed the Program under the EPBC Act in February 2014.

The Minister for the Environment also approved a class of actions arising from a strategic assessment of NOPSEMA’s environmental authorisation process under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act) and OPGGS (Environment) Regulations.

From 28 February 2014, when the amended OPGGS (Environment) Regulations commenced, NOPSEMA became the sole regulator of environmental approvals for offshore petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters, with the exception of exclusions listed in the Approval Notice.

Archived information

See archived information of the strategic assessment process for more information on the streamlining project.

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