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Offshore Pipeline Licence Requirements

Environment Plan

An Environment Plan is required for the construction and operation, including hydrotesting, of all pipelines conveying petroleum and gas in State and Commonwealth waters.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has developed the Guidance Note for Environment Plan Content Requirements. You can view the guidance note on the NOPSEMA website.

Pipeline Management Plan

A Pipeline Management Plan is required for the construction and operation of all pipelines conveying petroleum and gas in State and Commonwealth waters. This is administered by the NOPSEMA for Commonwealth waters. Visit the NOPSEMA website for further information.

Submission requirements

The Environment Plan must be submitted as early as possible, and at least 120 days before commencement of activities, to allow sufficient time to obtain approval. The document must be submitted via email to workplan.approvals@ecodev.vic.gov.au and in hard copy to:

Manager, Approvals
Earth Resources Regulation
Resources Division
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
GPO Box 2392
Melbourne VIC 3001

Other statutory requirements

Consent to operate

Decisions on consent to operate are made by NOPSEMA. For information on the decision-making process, visit the NOPSEMA website.

Environment Plan Summaries After an environment plan has been accepted by the Minister, the operator must submit an Environment Plan Summary for public disclosure within 10 days in accordance with Regulation 13E of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Regulations 2011.
Notification of incidents All incidents must be notified to the department in accordance with the relevant Regulations, on Earth Resources Regulation's dedicated incident mobile number 0419 597 010.

Current submissions

You can view the current status of environment plan submissions and decisions on the Environment Plans page and on the NOPSEMA website.

Useful websites

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

for information about the management of Commonwealth fisheries

Australian Maritime Safety Authority

for information about marine safety in Commonwealth water

Department of the Environment and Energy

for information about the requirements of the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981

Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning

for information on marine mammal issues

Victorian Fisheries Authority

for information about the management of State fisheries

Maritime Safety Victoria

for information about marine safety in State waters

National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority

for information about occupational health and safety for the petroleum industry in Commonwealth and State waters

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

for further information on the upstream petroleum sector in Commonwealth waters