The administration and regulation of offshore petroleum exploration and development in Commonwealth waters under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 is controlled by two Federal agencies:
- National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) and,
- National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).
The South Australian Government maintains a key role through the Joint Authority arrangement between the Commonwealth and State Minister with involvement in decision making in aspects such as the release of areas and the award of titles, but has no day-to-day regulatory role.
Australia’s maritime zones and current offshore permits are shown on this map:
Further information, including Frequently Asked Questions, how to get involved and feedback opportunities, is available at the NOPSEMA community information portal.