Petroleum safety legislation

What safety legislation applies to petroleum and geothermal energy operations?

There are eleven pieces of legislation that apply to onshore and offshore petroleum, pipeline and geothermal energy operations in Western Australia and include safety requirements.

Acts

Below is the list of links that you may find useful.

Regulations

Below is the list of links that you may find useful.

Western Australian legislation is also available in hard copy format from the State Law Publisher.

Other legislation

Legislation relating to dangerous goods may also apply to petroleum operations. Operators should be aware of their responsibilities under the dangerous goods safety legislation.

For further guidance, refer to Dangerous goods safety legislation

Introduction to the petroleum and geothermal energy safety legislation

Information sheets have been developed to provide general information on petroleum and geothermal safety legislation.

Overview of amendments to the Western Australian petroleum legislation - information sheet - 104 Kb

This information sheet overviews the effect of the 2010 proclamation of the Petroleum Legislation Amendment and Repeal Act 2005 (PLARA), which amended the following Acts applying to onshore and offshore petroleum, pipeline and geothermal energy operations

Occupational safety and health regulations and obligations - information sheet - 84 Kb

This information sheet will assist people with understanding the occupational health and safety regulations associated with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 and Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969.

Overview of management of safety regulations for petroleum and geothermal energy resources - information sheet - 73 Kb

This information sheet aims to assist in interpretation of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Management of Safety) Regulations 2010 (the Regulations).

Overview of management of safety regulations for petroleum pipelines - information sheet - 118 Kb

This information sheet aims to assist in interpretation of the Petroleum Pipeline (Management of Safety) Regulations 2010 (the Regulations), which support the Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969 (PPA), and their implications for pipeline operations.

Overview of occupational safety and health regulations for petroleum, geothermal energy and pipeline operations - information sheet - 99 Kb

This information sheet aims to assist in the interpretation of the following regulations (collectively referred to as the OSH Regulations) and their implications for the petroleum exploration, production and geothermal energy sectors.

Petroleum resources safety - information sheet - 859 Kb

An onshore petroleum exploration proposal (proposal) in Western Australian is assessed by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967.

Geothermal exploration drilling, development and production (general) - information sheet - 79 Kb

This information sheet will assist people with understanding the management of safety regulations associated with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967, and the implications for geothermal energy recovery in Western Australia.

Exploration drilling, development and production (general) - information sheet - 88 Kb

This information sheet will assist people with understanding the management of safety regulations associated with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967, and the implications for the petroleum industry in Western Australia.

What about the petroleum and geothermal energy levies?

The legislation listed below provides the mechanism for collecting a levy to support regulatory activities associated with petroleum and geothermal energy safety.

Jurisdictional change to safety regulation authority in coastal waters

The responsibility for administering safety regulation in coastal waters – under the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 and attendant regulations – reverted to the department on 1 January 2012. This service had previously been provided by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA).

Safety documentation previously accepted by NOPSA remains accepted and in force until such time there is a legislative requirement for review.

The department’s Resources Safety Division has responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the occupational safety and health laws contained in the submerged lands legislation. This applies to:

  • all State coastal waters from the mean low water mark (MLWM) on the mainland to the 3 nautical mile limit
  • all offshore petroleum and diving operations, including vessels engaged in such activities.

Registers

Diving safety management system (DSMS) register - 47 Kb

Diving Safety Management Systems (DSMS) Register - Western Australia

Coastal waters operator register - 159 Kb

Coastal Waters Operator Register - Western Australia