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Offshore petroleum safety regime review

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12 July 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.

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


As part of the consultation process an Offshore Safety Review Workshop will be held in Melbourne on Monday 13 August 2018. Seats are limited and you can register online.

Time frames 

We expect to complete the review by mid-2019. Any proposed amendments will be subject to parliamentary and Executive Council processes, which need to be completed during 2019 to ensure the amendments are in place before 1 April 2020. 

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

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