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Offshore oil and gas safety review

We’re reviewing the safety regime for offshore oil and gas workers in Australian Commonwealth waters.

The review is part of our continuous regulatory improvement process. It anticipates the sunsetting of the current offshore safety regulations, the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety) Regulations 2009, in 2024.

The review aims to ensure the current safety regime continues to provide an effective, leading-practice framework for securing the health, safety and welfare of workers.

The evidence-based review is looking at:

Terms of Reference

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

View the Offshore Safety Review Terms of Reference [1 MB PDF] [52KB DOCX]


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

Draft policy framework

Our draft policy framework outlined our proposed policy approach for the offshore oil and gas safety regime. The submissions we received in response to the draft policy framework will help to inform the final policy framework.

View the draft policy framework and submissions on our Consultation Hub.

Discussion paper

Our discussion paper provided an overview of the offshore safety legislation and raised issues for public comment. The submissions we’ve received in response to the discussion paper helped us develop the draft policy framework.  

View the discussion paper and submissions on our Consultation hub.

Safety Stakeholder Group

The Safety Stakeholder Group (SSG) allows key stakeholders with significant interests in offshore oil and gas safety to participate in the review.

This consultative group allows ideas and issues to be tested and discussed through information sharing and constructive engagement. The SSG is not a decision making body. It comprises representatives from the offshore petroleum industry, unions, offshore workforce, Commonwealth, state and territory governments.


During the initial consultation phase, we held Offshore Safety Review workshops in:

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Last updated: 31 March 2021

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