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Publication Date: 
June 2018

We’re undertaking a review of the occupational health and safety (OHS) regime for offshore petroleum workers in Australian 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, on 1 April 2020.

The review aims to ensure the current OHS regime continues to provide an effective framework for securing the health, safety and welfare of workers. It will represent leading practice in delivering safe offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage activities.

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 OHS 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 participate in 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]


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

Discussion Paper and Policy Framework

As part of the review process, we will publish a Discussion Paper and Policy Framework for public comment.


We expect to complete the review in 2019. After finalising the Policy Framework, we will seek Ministerial policy approval. Any proposed amendments will be subject to parliamentary and Executive Council approvals processes.

Safety Stakeholder Group

A Safety Stakeholder Group (SSG) has been set up to allow key stakeholders with significant interests in offshore petroleum 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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