Streamlining offshore oil and gas environmental approvals

Date published:
1 February 2014

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.