Streamlining Offshore Petroleum Environmental Approvals

NOPSEMA became the sole designated assessor for these environmental approvals in Commonwealth waters.

Prior to 28 February 2014, petroleum and greenhouse gas activities in Commonwealth waters that were likely to impact on matters of national environmental significance - as defined in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) - were subject to regulation under both the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act) and the EPBC Act. This resulted in unnecessary duplication of environmental approval processes.

Offshore petroleum activities that cross between the Commonwealth and State or Territory jurisdictions remain subject to multiple separate approvals processes, which imposes an unnecessary burden on business and the community without additional environment protection benefits. 

The Australian Government is continuing to work with the state and territory governments to streamline approvals for petroleum activities that cross between coastal and offshore waters.

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