On 29 April 2011, the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011 (Cth) entered into force the consolidation and streamlining of the regulations enabled under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (Cth). The new regulations incorporate (and repeal) the:

  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Regulations 1985 (Cth)  
  • Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Data Management) Regulations 2004 (Cth)  
  • Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Datum) regulations 2002 (Cth)  
  • Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Management of Well Operations) Regulations 2004 (Cth)  
  • Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Pipelines) Regulations 2001 (Cth)  
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Greenhouse Gas Datum) Regulations 2010 (Cth)  
  • Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Management of Greenhouse Gas Well Operations) Regulations 2010 (Cth), and  
  • the draft Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Resource Management Regulations 2006 (Cth).  

The Commonwealth and State/Northern Territory governments agreed to further revoke the Schedule of Specific Requirements as to Offshore Petroleum Exploration and Production in Waters under Commonwealth Jurisdiction, a set of standing directions issued under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (Cth), which have also been incorporated in the new regulations. The Commonwealth has announced it considers titleholders who are fully compliant with the new regulations to be also compliant with the directions contained in the Schedule until it is revoked in all jurisdictions.