The Joint Authorities are a decision maker under the Offshore Petroleum Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act). Key functions and powers of Joint Authorities include:
In the case of greenhouse gas titles, the decision maker is the responsible Commonwealth Minister.
The Joint Authority for each state and the Northern Territory comprises the responsible Commonwealth Minister and the relevant state or Northern Territory minister.
The Joint Authority arrangements for the following offshore areas comprises the responsible Commonwealth Minister only:
The Hon. Keith Pitt MP
The Hon. Bill Johnston MLA
The Hon. Jaclyn Symes MP
The Hon. Paul Andrew Kirby MLA
The Hon. Daniel van Holst Pellekaan MP
New South Wales
The Hon. John Barilaro MP
The Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham MP
The Joint Authorities may delegate any or all of their functions and powers to Commonwealth and state/NT department officials. Delegations are subject to the following conditions:
The responsible Commonwealth Minister has delegated his functions and powers to the General Manager, Offshore Resources Branch, Resources Division, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.
The ‘Operating Protocols for Offshore Petroleum Joint Authorities and supporting institutions’ (Joint Authority Protocol) provides a high level framework and clarifies the roles and functions of the Joint Authority, NOPTA, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and other stakeholders.
The timeframes contained in the Joint Authority Protocol are intended to provide guidance to applicants and titleholders to assist with planning. These timeframes have not been prescribed for the purposes of section 286B of the OPGGS Act.
For any questions regarding the protocol please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operating protocols for offshore petroleum Joint Authorities and supporting institutions