Oil spill contingency plans
Oil spill management in Australia
Marine oil spill management in Australia is a shared responsibility of the Commonwealth and each state.
Western Australia is responsible for our 'state waters' - from the coastline seaward to 3 nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline (TSB).
The TSB is used to define maritime boundaries. It is essentially the lowest astronomical tide line, but may also include rivers, bays and heavily indented coastlines. For more information, please go to the Geoscience Australia website.
|Geoscience Australia: Maritime boundary definitions|
Industry consultation guidance note
(Guidelines for consulting with Transport)
The Department of Transport has developed an Industry Guidance Note to advise petroleum operators on the preferred process for consultation with DoT and information that is likely to be required during consultation. This guidance is specifically for petroleum operators undertaking activities under the Petroleum Pipelines (Environment) Regulations 2012, Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Environment) Regulations 2012 and the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009.
Please download the Industry Guidance Note below:
|Dispersant use consent framework||Kb|
|Offshore petroleum industry guidance note: Marine oil pollution - Response and consultation arrangements||Kb|
WestPlan marine oil pollution
The State Emergency Management Plan for Marine Oil Pollution (WestPlan MOP), outlines the procedures for managing oil pollution in the State, including spill response.
The main principles of the WestPlan MOP are to prevent, prepare for and respond to oil spills, and to assist in the recovery of an area after an incident.
For more information, please refer to State emergency management plans.
Western Australian Oil Spill Contingency Plan
Oil spill contingency plans (OSCP) are prepared at national, state and local levels.
These plans usually include:
- Procedures to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from oil spills.
- Supporting information (such as environmental sensitivities and mapping).
- Management structure for oil spill response.
- Resources and skills that are available for containment and clean up.
For more information please download the oil spill contingency plan below.
Australasian Inter-service Incident Management System (AIIMS)
Both the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments use the Australasian Inter-service Incident Management System (AIIMS) to coordinate the oils spill response efforts.
AIIMS identifies the roles and responsibilities of various agencies (e.g. Department of Transport, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation) responding to an oil spill, and allows different agencies to work together effectively by following similar procedures.
National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies
At the Commonwealth level, the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies outlines the roles and responsibilities of states, territories and industry in managing oil spills and other marine environmental issues.
The National Plan covers:
- National, regional, state, local and industry contingency planning for oil spill response.
- Prepositioned spill combat equipment.
- Arrangements for mobilisation of personnel and equipment.
- National oil spill management training programs.
- Awareness by government, media and the community of issues in responding to a major spill.
It includes the National Marine Oil Spill Contingency Plan.
The National Plan is administered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the Commonwealth agency responsible for marine safety, marine environmental protection and sea search and rescue.
Please visit the AMSA website for more information on the National Plan.
|Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)|
Oil spill contingency plan: Forms
|Aerial observation report (Form OA01)||81 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|AIIMS structure names chart (IC03)||234 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|AMSA oil or chemical spill trajectory model request portal||978 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|DoT MOP situation report (SITREP) (Form REP03)||99 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Equipment tracking log (Form LO02)||83 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Equipment: Personnel deployment (REP05)||87 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Incident action plan||108 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Incident action plan (Form IAP01)||234 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Incident action plan: OHS sub-plan||165 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Incident action plan: OHS sub-plan - Appendices||290 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Incident action plan: Operations unit - Sub-plan||150 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Incident action plan: Recovery management Sub-plan||112 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Incident action plan: Waste management Sub-plan||125 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Job safety analysis (Form WM08)||107 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Labour registration (Form WM01)||162 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Media sub-plan (Form MSP01)||250 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Meeting schedule||81 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Net environmental benefit analysis||167 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Oiled shoreline assessment (Form)||294 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Resource requisition: allocation (Form LO01)||85 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Responder time sheet (Form WM02)||88 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Shoreline status tracking (Form OS02)||78 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Status: Equipment deployment (Form STA07)||610 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Status: Media schedule (Form STA06)||79 Kb||19-Apr-17|
|Waste tracking (Form OW01)||82 Kb||19-Apr-17|