The government regulates offshore oil and gas decommissioning under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006.
Decommissioning is a normal and planned petroleum activity. It refers to the plugging and permanently closing off wells, the safe removal of equipment, infrastructure and property and restoration of the environment.
Australia has laws, regulations and associated guidelines that have enabled decommissioning activities over the years.
We ensure that Australia’s policy and legislative frameworks:
We undertook a review of the offshore oil and gas decommissioning framework from 2018 to 2021.
Our enhanced decommissioning framework will:
Enhancements to offshore oil and gas regulations follow comprehensive policy development and public consultation.
Past consultations include:
Last updated: 24 November 2021
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