Legislation & compliance

The Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGS Act) and associated regulations provides the legal framework for the exploration and recovery of petroleum and greenhouse gas activities in Commonwealth waters (those areas that are more than three nautical miles from the territorial seal baseline).

The OPGGS Act established the Offshore Petroleum Joint Authorities for each offshore area, NOPTA and NOPSEMA.

Offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas acts

Relevant acts for petroleum and greenhouse gas storage administration include:

More information

Further information on the OPGGSA, related Acts, Regulations and guidelines can be found on the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources: Regulations and standards website.

Information relating to state and territory departments can be found on the Joint Authorities page.


As part of its role, NOPTA monitors titleholder's compliance with their legislative obligations. To understand NOPTA's approach to compliance and enforcement please refer to the Compliance and enforcement policy published below.


Last Updated



Compliance and enforcement policy

21 October 2019

Approved date



NOPSEMA-NOPTA Determination 2019/1

17 December 2019

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