The Joint Authorities have the power to make certain decisions under the Offshore Petroleum Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGSA). Key functions and powers of Joint Authorities include:
In the case of greenhouse gas titles, the decision maker is the responsible Commonwealth Minister.
The Joint Authority for each state and the Northern Territory comprises the responsible Commonwealth Minister (currently the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia) and the relevant state or Northern Territory minister.
The Joint Authority arrangements for the following offshore areas comprises the responsible Commonwealth Minister:
Senator the Hon. Matt Canavan
The Hon. William (Bill) Joseph Johnston MLA
The Hon. Tim Pallas MP
The Hon. Kenneth Edward Vowles MLA
The Hon. Tom Koutsantonis MP
New South Wales
The Hon. Donald Harwin MLC
The Hon. Dr Anthony Lynham MP
The Joint Authorities may delegate any or all of their functions and powers to appropriate Commonwealth and state/NT department officials. Delegations will be subject to the following conditions:
The responsible Commonwealth Minister has delegated his functions and powers to the General Manager, Offshore Resources Branch, Resources Division, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
The ‘Operating Protocols for Offshore Petroleum Joint Authorities and supporting institutions’ (Joint Authority Protocol) provides a high level framework and clarifies the roles and functions of the Joint Authority, NOPTA, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and other stakeholders.
The timeframes contained in the Joint Authority Protocol are intended to provide guidance to applicants and titleholders to assist with planning. These timeframes have not been prescribed for the purposes of section 286B of the OPGGSA.
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Operating protocols for offshore petroleum Joint Authorities and supporting institutions