Industry compliance and reporting

The Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016 require that the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources (the Minister) publish incidents in accordance with regulation 35A.

What is a recordable incident?

A recordable incident is an incident, other than a reportable incident, arising from a regulated activity in relation to the following as matters as specified in the current EMP:

  • has resulted in an environmental impact or risk not specified or
  • has resulted in a contravention of an environmental performance standard specified or
  • is inconsistent with an environmental outcome specified.

An environmental performance standard means a standard that:

  1. relates to the management of environmental impacts and environmental risks of a regulated activity and
  2. applies to persons, systems, equipment or procedures involved in carrying out the activity.

The following is a summary of recordable incidents received under regulation 35 of the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016 for a quarterly reporting period.

View the recordable incidents report.

What is a reportable incident?

A reportable incident is an incident arising from a regulated activity, that has caused or has the potential to cause material or serious environmental harm.

The Petroleum Act 1984 (the Act) defines material environmental harm as environmental harm that:

  1. is not trivial or negligible in nature
  2. consists of an environmental nuisance of a high impact or on a wide scale
  3. results, or is likely to result, in not more than $50,000 being spent in taking appropriate action to prevent or minimise the environmental harm or rehabilitate the environment or
  4. results in actual or potential loss or damage to the value of not more than $50,000.

The Act defines serious environmental harm as a harm that is more serious than material environmental harm that:

  1. is irreversible or otherwise of a high impact or on a wide scale
  2. damages an aspect of the environment that is of a high conservation value, high cultural value or high community value or is of special significance
  3. results, or is likely to result, in more than $50,000 or the prescribed amount being spent in taking appropriate action to prevent or minimise the environmental harm or rehabilitate the environment or
  4. results in actual or potential loss or damage to the value of more than $50,000 or the prescribed amount.

View the reportable incidents report.

Last updated: 06 June 2019