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  • Date
    20 Nov 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment Bill 2013, the bill amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to apply a cash bidding title allocation method for exploration permits in the offshore petroleum regulatory regime by: requiring a 10 per cent forfeitable deposit which is payable upon placement of a cash bid; enabling a reserve price to be set; requiring pre-qualification assessment of the eligibility of bidders; and specifying a non-discretionary tie-breaker mechanism. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    20 Mar 2013 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    in relation to the offshore petroleum regulatory regime to: implement enforcement mechanisms including infringement notices, daily penalties for continuing offences and civil penalty provisions, injunctions and adverse publicity orders; enable National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority inspectors to issue environmental prohibition and improvement notices to require petroleum titleholders to remove significant threats to the environment and provide for publication of these notices; provide for an express polluter pays obligation and an associated third party cost recovery mechanism; clarify insurance requirements to ensure that maintenance of sufficient financial assurance is compulsory without a direction being given; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    28 Nov 2012 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    in relation to the offshore petroleum regulatory regime to: enable National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) inspectors to conduct inspections to monitor compliance with and investigate suspected non-compliance with a warrant; enable NOPSEMA inspectors to enter certain offshore areas to monitor occupational health and safety (OHS) and petroleum environmental management laws without a warrant; introduce a civil penalty regime; increase criminal penalties for certain OHS and environmental offences; enable regulatory entities to share certain regulatory information in certain circumstances; and remove the responsible Tasmanian Minister from the Joint Authority for the offshore area of Tasmania. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    26 Feb 2015 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry and Science 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment (Miscellaneous Matters) Bill 2015, the bill amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: automatically grant or extend the coverage of offshore petroleum titles over blocks moving from state or Northern Territory coastal waters into Commonwealth jurisdiction as a result of a change to the boundary; provide arrangements for the granting of renewals of Commonwealth titles over blocks remaining in Commonwealth waters, where part of that title has moved into state or Northern Territory coastal waters as a result of a change to the boundary; separate the requirements for conferral of petroleum and greenhouse gas functions on the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA); enable the recovery of costs for regulatory operations undertaken by NOPSEMA in waters landward of the territorial sea baseline; and make technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    03 Dec 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment (Designated Coastal Waters) Bill 2014, the bill amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: expand the definition of ‘designated coastal waters’ to include all waters of the sea landward of the Commonwealth offshore area; and permit registered multiple petroleum titleholders to take eligible voluntary actions. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    25 May 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Part of a package of five bills in relation to the administration and regulation of petroleum and greenhouse gas storage operations in Commonwealth waters, the bill amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to replace the state and Northern Territory based Designated Authorities with the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (which will replace the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority and have extended functions) and the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (located within the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism) to administer and regulate petroleum and greenhouse gas storage operations in Commonwealth waters in the Australian offshore area. Also repeals the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Annual Fees) Act 2006
    and
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Registration Fees) Act 2006
    and makes amendments consequential on these repeals. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 May 2014 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry 
    Summary
    Introduced with the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment Bill 2014, the bill amends the:
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Compliance Measures) Act 2013
    to: ensure the commencement of certain pending amendments by updating the commencement provisions to refer to the proposed
    Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
    ; and make consequential renumbering amendments; and
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to: enable the making of regulations to provide for remissions and refunds of the titles administration levy in certain circumstances; and make minor policy and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    21 Sep 2011 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to enable the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority to issue a direction to require a petroleum titleholder to remediate the effects of a significant offshore petroleum incident within a title area that has caused, or may cause, an escape of petroleum. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Feb 2016 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Industry, Innovation and Science 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    to validate past Joint Authority decisions to grant renewals, or extensions of the term of ‘prior usage rights’ petroleum titles, where the consent of the Minister for the Environment was not sought. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    29 Sep 2010 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Act 
    Portfolio
    Resources and Energy 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
    in relation to: functions of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority; multiple titleholders of petroleum titles; strict liability offences; occupational health and safety duties of titleholders; and transitional and technical amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum