Cost recovery and fees

NOPTA operates on a full cost recovery basis, funded by industry.

A 'Cost Recovery Implementation Statement' (CRIS) is required in accordance with the Australian Government's cost recovery guidelines to improve the consistency, transparency and accountability of the Australian Government’s cost recovery arrangements and to promote the efficient allocation of resources.

Following consultation with industry, NOPTA’s CRIS has been updated with new levy and fee rates to apply from 1 July 2016.  Changes to levies and fees were last made in November 2013.

The CRIS was approved by the Commonwealth Minister on 26 April 2016.  The regulations have been updated with the commencement date of 1 July 2016. The updated regulations are:

The annual administration levy has been aligned to reflect inasmuch as possible the level of effort required to regulate and administer the different types of titles.

Applications will attract a standard fee of $7,500, representing the average cost of assessing each application type. The new rates will enable NOPTA to continue to operate on a cost recovery basis, with no further increases anticipated for at least 3 years.

Levies and fees

Available below is the 'Schedule of fees' (see Current documents) which sets out the fees applicable under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGSA) and related Acts effective as at 1 July 2016.

How to pay NOPTA fees and levies

Direct deposit

Account information Details
Bank name Reserve Bank of Australia
Account name Industry Innovation & Science, Official Administered Receipts, Account - Resources_(RET)
BSB 092-009
Account number 119585
Swift code (international transactions) RSBKAU2S
Reference Please insert the title number and notification number (if applicable) in the reference field to ensure your payment can be processed. Please also include a copy of the payment transmittal with your application.
Remittance advice


Please make cheques payable to:

Department of Industry Innovation & Science – NOPTA
GPO Box 7871, Perth WA 6850


GPO Box 4634, Melbourne Vic 3001

Write your full company name, ABN, title number and type of payment eg. 'Annual Levy’ or 'Application - Suspension' on the back of the cheque. Please include cheques with your applications.

Credit Card

Credit card payments up to $95,000 are available through the NEATS industry portal for those who are registered with NEATS. For Application Fees please email NOPTA at to notify us that you wish to pay an application fee by credit card. NOPTA will then contact you to complete your transaction online once your application has been lodged on NEATS.

Registering for NEATS

To register for the NEATS Industry Portal please complete the online registration at The Company Administrator for your company will approve your registration and the system will email you a temporary password. For further information on the registration pcoress see NEATS Industry Portal guidance.

Recording payments in NEATS Industry Portal

When you make a payment for a NEATS Notification you will also need to record the payment in the NEATS Industry Portal. This will record your payment history and help NOPTA match your payment to the correct notification.

For further information see NEATS Info.

Annual levy—refunds

The annual titles administration levy is a statutory levy and it is imposed on a title for a 12 month period, beginning on the day the title comes into force and, for all subsequent years the title remains in force, on the anniversary date.

For information in relation to the remittal or refund of the annual titles administration levy refer to the Annual titles administration levy—remittals and refunds policy (below).

Application fees—refunds

The application fees payable to NOPTA are statutory fees and so NOPTA does not have the flexibility to refund or partially offset these once an application has been validly submitted and/or processing has commenced (depending on which section of the OPGGSA the application is made under).

On the majority of occasions NOPTA commences processing applications as soon as they are received, and as a result, where an application is subsequently withdrawn the application fee is generally not refundable.

Current documents

Annual titles administration levy—remittals and refunds policy

Current cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS) 2016–17

Schedule of fees—from 1 July 2016

Previous documents

Cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS) 2015–16

Cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS) 2015–16—signed and certified by the Secretary

Cost recovery impact statement (CRIS)—Nov 2013

Cost recovery impact statement (CRIS)—Nov 2013—signed and certified by the Secretary

CRIS on the cost recovery of operating expenses for NOPTA, Jan 2012–Oct 2013

CRIS on the interim period and establishment costs for NOPTA, Jul 2011

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