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On 1 January 2012, the administration of petroleum titles and resource management for offshore Commonwealth waters under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGSA) was transferred to the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA).

At the same time, the administration of the environmental regulation in Commonwealth waters under the OPPGSA was transferred to the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA); safety and well integrity regulation had been transferred previously.

The Joint Authority arrangement, comprising the Commonwealth and Victorian and Ministers’ delegates, remains in place between the Commonwealth and Victoria for petroleum titles administered under the OPGGSA. NOPTA will provide administrative and technical advice to the JA on titles and resource management matters; this advice may be accepted or rejected, although in the case of disagreement, the Commonwealth Minister’s view prevails.

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) retains responsibility for titles administration, well integrity and environment within state waters (located within 3 nautical miles [5.56km] of the Victorian coast). These tenements are administered under the Victorian Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2010.

Safety is currently regulated in these tenements by NOPSEMA, via a MoU arrangement between NOPSEMA and DEDJTR.

The administrative arrangements for onshore petroleum and geothermal tenements in Victoria have remained unchanged, with DEDJTR administering the Petroleum Act (1998), Greenhouse Gas Geological Sequestration Act (2008), Geothermal Energy Resource Act (2005) and the Pipelines Act (2005).

DEDJTR will continue to liaise with other relevant State and Commonwealth departments to ensure best practice regulatory administration is maintained for earth resources sector in Victoria.

For further information contact NOPTA