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21 August 2018

We’ve commenced 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 and in anticipation of 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, and represents leading practice in delivering safe offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage activities.

The evidence-based review will look at:

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

View the PDF icon Offshore Safety Review Terms of Reference (PDF 752.33 KB)

Public consultation 

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

We’ll offer a range of different consultation options including public consultation periods and stakeholder meetings. 

Key documents and consultation papers will be published on our website once they’re ready for public comment.

Register your interest to receive information as it becomes available by emailing OffshoreRegulations@industry.gov.au

Workshop

As part of the consultation process an Offshore Safety Review Workshop was held in Melbourne on Monday 13 August 2018. View the Workshop Summary Report.

Time frames 

We expect to complete the review in mid-2019. Any proposed amendments will be subject to parliamentary and Executive Council approvals processes, but are expected to be in place before 1 April 2020. 

Contact us 

Email OffshoreRegulations@industry.gov.au

Image: 'North Rankin Complex, North West Shelf Project, Western Australia'. Woodside Energy Ltd.

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