Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, conducted an independent audit of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority’s (NOPSEMA) consideration of exploration in the Great Australian Bight.
The audit found NOPSEMA:
to be a highly skilled, professional and competent regulator
has appropriate processes, procedures and guidance material in place to meet its regulatory requirements
has appropriate processes and practices to ensure environment plans are assessed against relevant and complete scientific and technical information
The audit outlines opportunities for industry, the regulator and governments to provide further assurance. This includes greater transparency about NOPSEMA’s assessment process and oil and gas activities in general.