Streamlining offshore oil and gas environmental approvals
Oil and gas companies must seek approval to undertake offshore oil and greenhouse gas activities in Australian waters. In 2014 the government streamlined environmental assessments to a single process. This reduced administrative burden on companies, and consultation burden on stakeholders and the community.
The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is now the sole assessor of environment plans for all offshore oil and gas activities in Australian waters, with the exception of the exclusions listed in the approval notice.
Read reports that enabled environmental approvals for offshore oil and gas activities to be streamlined:
- Program report [2.28KB PDF] [2.14MB DOCX]
- Strategic assessment report [3.66MB PDF] [3.28MB DOCX]
- Supplementary report [1.71MB PDF] [1.43MB DOCX]
The program report describes the process companies (titleholders) must comply with.
The Minister for the Environment endorsed the program under Part 10 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
Read Ministers’ decisions to allow streamlining:
- Endorsement notice [190KB PDF] [112.5KB DOCX]
- Approval notice [1.01MB PDF] [93KB DOCX]
- Signed strategic assessment agreement and terms of reference [766KB PDF]
- Strategic assessment agreement and terms of reference [70KB DOCX]
- Find out about the environment plan assessment process on NOPSEMA's website
- Read about the streamlining process on the Department of Environment and Energy website
- Read more about regulating offshore oil and gas in Australian waters
- Access information on environment approvals for offshore oil and gas exploration and development