Improved transparency in Joint Authority processes
The 'Operating Protocols for Offshore Petroleum Joint Authorities and supporting institutions' was made publicly available this week. This is expected to assist in enhancing transparency of the offshore petroleum regime and related decision making processes.
The 'Operating Protocols for Offshore Petroleum Joint Authorities and supporting institutions' (the Protocol) provides a high level framework and clarifies the roles and functions of the Joint Authority, the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA), the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and other stakeholders.
Importantly, the Protocol outlines the timeframes associated with decisions on titles as recommended by recent reviews. The timeframes contained in the Joint Authority Protocol are also intended to provide guidance to applicants and titleholders to assist with planning.