Public release of data

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Open information (also known as 'always open' information)

NOPTA may make 'open information' about a well or survey publicly known at any time (regulation 8.10 of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011 (RMA Regulations)).

Open information about a well or survey is defined in regulation 1.05 and includes the name, location, type or purpose, and other general information relating to the activity being undertaken.

Provided below is a list of new wells and surveys undertaken since 1 January 2012. This information is updated periodically and is provided as a guide only. Any queries, corrections or details of any omissions should be directed to data@nopta.gov.au.

Data release—'relevant day'

Under part 8 of the RMA Regulations, NOPTA may make petroleum data publicly known after the relevant day has passed.

All information and data submitted to the Designated Authority and the Australian Government in accordance with the relevant legislation shall remain confidential at least until the information is eligible for public release.

The National Offshore Petroleum Data and Core Repository (NOPDCR) maintains confidential information on behalf of NOPTA. Once the relevant day has passed and the Titles Administrator has authorised the data for release, it will be made publicly available through the NOPDCR.

The following information relates to the public release of petroleum data collected under the current provisions of the RMA Regulations.

Confidentiality periods and release for wells data—basic and interpretative information

Regulation 8.11(5)—Release of basic disclosable information

The earliest possible release date for basic wells data and reports is two years after the end of the operation.

Where permits expire through surrender, cancellation, revocation or termination the data becomes releasable on the day of expiry.

Regulation 8.12—Release of interpretative disclosable information
The earliest possible release date for interpretative wells data and reports is five years after the end of the operation.

Confidentiality periods and release for survey data—basic and interpretative information

Regulation 8.11 (2–4)—Release of basic disclosable information

Release provisions for basic survey data are considerably more detailed, and can vary according to survey type, permit type, and commercial intent (exclusivity).

Confidentiality periods of up to 15 years may apply.

Titleholders are encouraged to become familiar with the provisions of division 3 of the OPGGSA (RMA) Regulations 2011, and contact NOPTA by email at data@nopta.gov.au should they have any questions.

Where permits expire through surrender, cancellation, revocation or termination the data becomes releasable on the day of expiry.

Regulation 8.12—Release of interpretative disclosable information

The earliest possible release date for interpretative survey data and reports is five years after the end of the operation.

Queries regarding the release provisions for petroleum data submitted under older legislation should be directed to data@nopta.gov.au.

Public release of petroleum data

Release dates for well and survey activities vary according to the information type and legislation under which the data was collected. A nominal release date is given to indicate an approximate timing for release. The relevant day does not necessarily reflect the actual day of release.

It is standard practice for data to be authorised for release by NOPTA on the first business day of the following week once the relevant day for that particular item has passed. The data will subsequently become available through the NOPDCR for public use as soon as possible after that day.

Petroleum data that NOPTA has publicly released since 1 January 2012:

Petroleum data that NOPTA intends to release in the coming months:

Please note: this is a preliminary list based upon release and completion dates presently held by Geoscience Australia and NOPTA; and is provided as a guide only. The Titles Administrator will make a decision on the release of data once the relevant day has passed.

This information is updated periodically.

Any queries, corrections or details of any omissions should be directed to data@nopta.gov.au.