NOPTA, also known as the Titles Administrator, is appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (the department) under section 695A of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act).

NOPTA's purpose is to advise on and administer the OPGGS Act in support of the effective regulation and management of our offshore petroleum resources, consistent with good oil field practice and optimum recovery. NOPTA is the first point of contact for matters relating to offshore titles administration and operates on a full cost recovery basis.

Under the OPGGS Act and associated regulations, NOPTA's functions include:

  • providing information, assessments, analysis, reports, advice and recommendations to the Joint Authorities and the 'responsible Commonwealth Minister'
  • granting short-term titles (petroleum access authority and petroleum special prospecting authority) and decisions on the registration of transfers and dealings
  • facilitating life of title administration, including compliance monitoring
  • managing the collection, management and release of data
  • keeping the registers of petroleum and greenhouse gas storage titles
  • ensuring petroleum resource management is undertaken in accordance with the principles of good oil field practice
  • implementing effective field development review and performance monitoring strategies in order to secure optimum petroleum recovery for the benefit of the Australian community.

The Joint Authorities have the power to make certain decisions under the OPGGS Act. NOPTA provides advice and recommendations in relation to these decisions. All communications to or from the Joint Authority occurs through NOPTA.

NOPTA has the authority to grant short term titles (petroleum access authority and petroleum special prospecting authority) and is the decision maker for the approval or refusal of the registration of certain commercial arrangements relating to a title, known as transfers and dealings.

NOPTA utilises its technical and administrative experience to contribute to the development of guidance and legislation through the Offshore Resources Branch (ORB). ORB is a branch of the department who provides the Australian Government with petroleum related policy advice.

The states and the Northern Territory (NT) maintain a titles administrator role in their respective state/NT waters.

NOPTA's offices are located in Perth and Melbourne.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia

Information on the Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia is available on the department's website at: The Hon Keith Pitt MP

National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is Australia's independent expert regulator for health and safety, environmental management, structural and well integrity for offshore petroleum facilities and activities in Commonwealth waters. NOPSEMA is a statutory authority established under the OPGGS Act.

While the granting of a title provides a company with rights to undertake petroleum activities in the title area, approval to begin an offshore petroleum activity is only granted after NOPSEMA has conducted a thorough and rigorous technical assessment of the relevant risk management plans and has determined the plans meet all the requirements of the law. Risk management plans may include a safety case, well operations management plan, offshore project proposal and environment plan.

For further information on NOPSEMA see www.nopsema.gov.au.

Related documents

NOPTA strategic plan—2020–2023

NOPTA organisational structure—as at November 2020

Statement of expectations—October 2019

NOPTA Statement of intent—December 2019

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