Lodge an environmental report, notification or report an incident

The Environment Plan for a petroleum and/or geothermal activity must include arrangements for monitoring and recording information to demonstrate that environmental performance objectives and environmental performance standards within the Environment Plan are being met.

Environmental reporting must be undertaken in accordance with the Environment Plan approved by DMP and the Guideline for the Development of Petroleum and Geothermal Environment Plans in Western Australia.

Environment reports, notifications and reporting of incidents can be submitted electronically via DMP Submissions or by email to petroleum.environment@dmp.wa.gov.au. Read our guide on how to submit via DMP Submissions.

Types of Reports

Environmental Incident Notification & Reporting

  • Reportable Incident Notification (within 2hrs)
  • Reportable Incident Report (within 3 days)
  • Recordable Incident Report (Monthly)

Routine Reporting

  • Emission and Discharges Report (Quarterly)
  • Annual Environmental Report

Other Notifications

  • Prestart and Cessation Notification
  • Commonwealth Notification

Environmental Incident Notification & Reporting

Reportable Incident Notification 

Operators are to notify, within 2 hours, all reportable environmental incidents from petroleum and geothermal activities operating under State legislation. This initial notification may be verbal (via 0419 960 621), however written notification is preferred (via the DMP Submissions Portal or email to petroleum.environment@dmp.wa.gov.au). Please include preliminary information on the nature, scope and scale of the incident.

Reportable Incident Report 

Operators  are required to submit a reportable incident report within 3 days after the reportable incident notification. The report must include all known facts of the incident, any actions taken to avoid or mitigate environmental impacts, and any actions taken to prevent recurrence.  
Please attached any relevant photos, maps or supporting documents.

Submit a Reportable Incident Report

Recordable Incident Report

A recordable incident is an incident arising from an activity that ‘breaches an environmental performance objective or environmental performance standard in the Environment Plan’ and ‘is not a reportable incident’.

The operator of an activity is required to submit a written report to DMP of all recordable incidents occurring within a calendar month no later than 15 days after the end of that calendar month.

If no recordable incidents occurred during the month, the report must include a statement to that effect.

Submit a Recordable Incident Report

Routine Reporting

Emissions and Discharges Report

The operator of an activity must monitor all emissions and discharges to any land, air, marine, seabed, groundwater, subsurface or inland waters environment. The operator must submit to DMP a written report of emissions and discharges three months after the approval of an Environment Plan and a period of every three months thereafter.

Submit an Emissions and Discharges Report

Annual Environmental Report

In order to provide evidence that environmental performance objectives of an Environment Plan have been met and that the implementation strategy has been complied with, operators are required to submit a report to DMP at least annually.

Closeout Report

A closeout report is acceptable on completion of an activity in place of an annual environmental report if the activity is of short duration (i.e. less than a year).

For more information, please refer to the DMP Guideline for Preparing an Annual Report.

Submit an Annual Report and/or Closeout Report

Notifications

Prestart and Cessation Notification

Operators are required to confirm the start date of the activity prior to commencement of activities onsite (first mobilisation to site) and provide notification of the completion date within one week of the activity ceasing (demobilisation from site).

Submit a Prestart and Cessation Notification

Commonwealth Notification

Operators are required to seek approval for petroleum activities in Commonwealth waters from the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and consult with relevant State departments.

DMP considers any petroleum activity that occurs in Commonwealth waters adjacent to the WA coastline to be an activity whereby the Department should be consulted. The level of consultation will be determined by the potential environmental risks and impacts of the petroleum activity.

For more information, please refer to the Consultation Guidance Note for Commonwealth Operators.

Submit a Commonwealth Notification

Contact details for other relevant agencies

For more information view Environments documents and publications.