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External scrutiny

NOPSEMA is subject to external scrutiny through parliamentary committees, the Australian National Audit Office, the courts, administrative tribunals, the Commonwealth Ombudsmen, the Freedom of Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner.

NOPSEMA Operational review

NOPSEMA has a statutory requirement to conduct independent operational reviews. The last independent operational review was conducted in 2015 and the next review is scheduled for 2020.

Inquiry into the work, health and safety of workers in the offshore petroleum industry

On 8 February 2018 the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee commenced an inquiry into the work health and safety of workers in the offshore petroleum industry. NOPSEMA provided

a submission to the inquiry on 16 March 2018 and it is published online at www.aph. gov.au. NOPSEMA appeared at the inquiry public hearing in Melbourne on 11 July 2018.

Inquiry into the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia

On 26 March 2018 the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee commenced an inquiry into the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia. NOPSEMA provided

a submission on 1 June 2018 and it is published online at www.aph.gov.au. NOPSEMA was not scheduled to appear at the inquiry public hearing.

Inquiry into impediments to business investment in Australia

On 27 March 2018 the Senate Standing Committee on Economics commenced an inquiry into impediments to business investments to business investment in

Australia. NOPSEMA provided a submission on 10 May 2018 and it is published online at www.aph.gov.au. NOPSEMA also appeared at the inquiry public hearing in Melbourne on 1 August 2018.

Senate estimates

NOPSEMA appeared before the Economics Legislation Committee for Senate Estimates in October 2018 and February 2019. The transcript of this appearance is published online at www.aph.gov.au

Freedom of information

NOPSEMA continued to be subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982. As required, NOPSEMA considered its objectives in performing functions and exercising powers under the act to encourage proactive disclosure and

transparency of its decisions and contribute to promoting public participation and scrutiny of its operations. NOPSEMA continued to publish information, as required under the act, on its corporate website.