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Publication Date: 
July 2019

We’re undertaking a review of the safety regime for offshore oil and gas workers in Commonwealth waters.

The review is part of our continuous regulatory improvement process. It anticipates the sunsetting of the current offshore safety regulations, the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety) Regulations 2009, in 2020.

The review aims to ensure the current safety regime continues to provide an effective, leading-practice framework for securing the health, safety and welfare of workers.

The evidence-based review will look at:

Terms of Reference

The review may result in proposed policy changes and legislative amendments, where necessary, to improve the safety regime.

View the Offshore Safety Review Terms of Reference [1 MB PDF] [52KB DOCX]

Consultation process

We encourage everyone involved in or affected by the offshore safety regime to contribute to the review.

We’ll offer a range of consultation options including targeted stakeholder meetings, workshops, surveys and public consultation rounds.

View the Consultation Plan [250 KB PDF] [223KB DOCX]

Public Consultation

Our discussion paper provides an overview of the offshore safety legislation and raises issues for public comment. The submissions we’ve received in response to the discussion paper are helping us to develop a policy framework for further consultation later in 2019.  

View the discussion paper and the submissions on our Consultation Hub.


During the initial consultation phase, Offshore Safety Review workshops were held in:

Safety Stakeholder Group

A Safety Stakeholder Group (SSG) has been set up to allow key stakeholders with significant interests in offshore oil and gas safety to be involved in the review.

This consultative group allows ideas and issues to be tested and discussed through information sharing and constructive engagement. The SSG is not a decision making body. It is comprised of representatives from the offshore petroleum industry, unions, offshore workforce, Commonwealth, state and territory governments.

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