The Offshore Infrastructure Registrar

Under the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure (OEI) framework, the Offshore Infrastructure Registrar's functions include the following:

  • receiving and assessing applications for licences
  • giving advice to the Minister for Climate Change and Energy as the decision-maker on licence applications
  • maintaining the Register of Offshore Infrastructure Licences
  • ongoing licence compliance.

Contact the Registrar at offshoreelectricity@nopta.gov.au or on (08) 6424 5306.

Application Forms

Applications must be made in the form that is approved by the Registrar and published on the Registrar’s website.

Offshore Electricity Infrastructure (Offshore Infrastructure Registrar) Approved Form 2023 No 1 – 8 August 2023
PDF | 913 KB

Feasibility Licence application form 

Application for a Feasibility licence
DOCX | 526 KB

Disclosure Forms

Body Corporate Suitability Disclosure Form 

Body Corporate Suitability Disclosure Form
DOCX | 122 KB

Natural Person Suitability Disclosure Form 

Natural Person Suitability Disclosure Form
DOCX | 81 KB

Guidance

Guidance documents provide general information. They do not replace or amend the requirements of the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Act 2021 and associated Regulations. You should carefully consider the accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance of the information for your individual circumstances.

Guidance commencing 8 August 2023

Guideline: Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Licence Administration – Feasibility Licences

The Guideline provides information to help Feasibility Licence applicants understand the requirements and processes for licensing under the OEI framework. It also provides guidance on how the merit criteria is assessed.

Guideline: Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Licence Administration – Feasibility Licences (effective 8 August 2023)
PDF | 528 KB
Guideline: Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Licence Administration – Feasibility Licences (effective 8 August 2023)
DOCX | 151 KB

Registrar Forms Guide (RFG)

The RFG provides guidance about how to submit valid applications and notifications to the Registrar. It details application content requirements.

Registrar Forms Guidance (effective 8 August 2023)
PDF | 528 KB
Registrar Forms Guidance (effective 8 August 2023)
DOCX | 552 KB

Attachment A: Feasibility Licence Application Accompanying Information Template
XLSX | 297 KB

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: Feasibility Licence Process
PDF | 214 KB
Frequently Asked Questions: Feasibility Licence Process
DOCX | 462 KB

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Submit an application

There are currently no open Invitations to Apply for Feasibility Licences.

Feasibility Licence applications in relation to Offshore Electricity Infrastructure (Invitation to Apply for a Feasibility Licence) Instrument (No. 1) 2023 closed on 14 November 2023.

Feasibility Licence applications in relation to Offshore Electricity Infrastructure (Invitation to Apply for a Feasibility Licence) Instrument (No. 1) 2022 closed on 27 April 2023.

Submission methods

Applications can be submitted online via the National Electronic Approvals Tracking System (NEATS). This is the preferred method of submission.

Please note applications are no longer accepted through the secure large file transfer.

The full list of approved submission methods is found in the Approved Manner:

Offshore Electricity Infrastructure (Offshore Infrastructure Registrar) Approved Manner 2023 No.1 – 8 August 2023
PDF | 1 MB

For more information on submitting an application email offshoreelectricity@nopta.gov.au

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Application fees

For an application to be considered validly made, the Registrar requires:

  • the application to be accompanied by any legislatively prescribed documents/information, submitted in the manner approved by the Offshore Infrastructure Registrar, as set out in Approval of Manner of Application’s document, and submitted within any prescribed time frames,
  • a correctly executed application form to be lodged, and
  • the fee to be paid.

Application fees must be paid in full. Split or partial payments will not be accepted.

Application fees under the OEI framework are detailed in the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Regulations 2022. Annual levies imposed on licence holders are set out in the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure (Regulatory Levies) Regulations 2022.

Relevant excerpts are provided in the Application Fees and Annual Levies document below.
Note: the application fee is exempt from GST.

Application Fees and Annual Levies
PDF | 242 KB
Application Fees and Annual Levies
DOCX | 521 KB

How to pay application fees

Direct deposit

Bank Account information

Bank name Reserve Bank of Australia
Bank address 20-22 London Circuit, Canberra ACT Australia
Account name Dept of Industry Science and Resources Official Administered Receipts Account Resources (RET)
BSB 092-009
Account number 119585
Swift code (international transactions) RSBKAU2S
Reference

Please insert the area declaration reference and name of Applicant in the reference field to ensure your payment can be processed. Please also include a copy of the payment transmittal with your application.

Remittance advice: Please send to corporate@nopta.gov.au

International payments: Please contact your bank to ascertain any fees that may apply to international payments and include the fees with your payment amount to ensure the correct amount is received in the Registrar’s account.

Cheque

Please make cheques payable to:

Department of Industry Science and Resources

Box 7871, Perth WA 6850

OR

GPO Box 4634, Melbourne Vic 3001

Cheques will only be accepted if they accompany an application or are presented with supporting information, such as the declaration reference and name of Applicant.

Credit card

Credit card payments can be made online via the NEATS Secure Portal

Alternatively, please contact us on (08) 6424 5300 to make a payment over the phone.

Credit card information should not be sent to the Registrar via email.

Credit card surcharge

As advised by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), and to ensure the Registrar remains aligned with the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines, payments made to the Registrar via credit card will incur a surcharge as follows:

  • Visa Credit Card 0.825%
  • Mastercard Credit Card 0.605%
  • AMEX 1.595%
  • Visa Debit Card 0.517%
  • Mastercard Debit Card 0.264%

For queries, please contact the Registrar.