Commonwealth Response to the Report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry
Final Commonwealth response
On 25 May 2011, the Minister for Resources and Energy released the Commonwealth Government’s final response to the Report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry.
The final government response is consistent with the draft government response, released on 24 November 2011, accepting 92 recommendations with two of these amended to “accepted in principle”, noting 10 and not accepting three due to them being technically inappropriate.
Changes to the response reflect clarification and reinforcement of the government’s response based on the information received during the comprehensive three month public consultation period on the draft government response.
The final government response also includes an implementation plan, which identifies a process for implementing the accepted recommendations. Implementation of the recommendations will strengthen and clarify the administrative and operating practices of the regulator and the offshore petroleum industry.
Draft Commonwealth response
Following a period of detailed consideration the government has released the report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry and a draft government response.
The inquiry was set up to investigate the likely causes of the uncontrolled release of oil and gas into the Timor Sea from the Montara Wellhead Platform on 21 August 2009 and make recommendations to the government on how to prevent future incidents.
The report contains 100 findings and 105 recommendations, which have implications for governments, regulators, and the offshore petroleum industry. The government proposes accepting 92, noting 10, and not accepting three of the report's recommendations.