Independent audit of NOPSEMA’s consideration of exploration in the Great Australian Bight

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Publication Date: 
September 2019

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.

Read the department’s response and implementation report to this independent audit.

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