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Manager Technical Commercial , Executive Level 2, National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA)

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Perth
Categories: Executive Level 2

About the team

The National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) is responsible for the day-to-day administration of petroleum and greenhouse gas titles in Commonwealth waters in Australia. NOPTA is the first point of contact for matters relating to offshore titles administration.

Established 1 January 2012 and appointed under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (OPGGSA), NOPTA operates on a full cost recovery basis. 

Further information on NOPTA is available at:

NOPTA’s Technical Team is responsible for providing the geotechnical, engineering and commercial advice across the entire petroleum title lifecycle, from initial permit award, through exploration and discovery, to development and production for the 400 or so titles situated in offshore Australia. The core functions of the team are:

  • Geoscience and engineering assessment of offshore petroleum exploration and development applications
  • Monitor field performance and provide advice on resource management issues and the optimal long-term recovery of Australia’s offshore petroleum resources.
  • Provide guidance on matters pertaining to offshore petroleum exploration and development within the regulatory framework.
  • Conduct commercial and financial assessments associated with applications and reporting received by NOPTA.

Our ideal candidate

Our ideal candidate has:

  • Extensive experience and strong skills in;
    • assessing the commercial viability of oil and gas projects
    • assessing the extent to which proposed development concepts align with the optimal long-term recovery of petroleum, and
    • the assessment of financial capacity of prospective titleholders. 
  • Working knowledge or understanding of the relationship and interactions between NOPTA and NOSPEMA, especially with regard to financial capacity and assurance requirements for offshore oil and gas projects.
  • Extensive experience and strong skills in interpreting legislation and providing advice to decision makers including the Titles Administrator, relevant State and Territory Ministers in the Joint Authority on financial and commercial issues relating to offshore oil and gas projects and titleholders.    
  • Working knowledge or understanding of offshore petroleum titles lifecycle under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking to proactively identify issues, efficiencies, and opportunities for continuous improvement.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to peer review written reports, and advice. 
  • Ability to provide strategic advice to senior management and assume accountability for outcomes and support that have strategic, or operational significance.
  • Ability to lead a high performing, cohesive and multi-disciplined team.

Please visit the APSC website for additional information on Work Level Standards and Integrated Leadership System applicable to the classification for which you are applying.

What you will do

As Manager, Technical Commercial you will;

  • Lead the Technical Commercial team, including developing, coaching, and mentoring staff.
  • Provide a strategic level of technical expertise related to commercial and financial assessments. 
  • Anticipate and establish priorities and monitor progress and work to deliver the required outcomes of the team. 
  • Provide strategic advice to the Titles Administrator, relevant State and Territory Ministers in the Joint Authority on financial and commercial issues relating to offshore oil and gas projects and titleholders.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Maintain a high level of knowledge of the OPGGSA. 
  • Apply working knowledge of the OPGGSA, involving considerable interpretation and analysis.


To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, applicants must be Australian Citizens.

Security Clearance

This position requires a Baseline (applicants retaining higher clearance will be considered) security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


We are looking to an immediate Executive Level 2 vacancy through this process at an ongoing capacity. A merit pool may be established and used to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing roles.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Provide a pitch explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 6500 characters (approximately 1000 words) and should align to the job description.

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format)

Contact information

For more information regarding these opportunities, please contact Caroline Albany – Assistant Manager (A/g), NOPTA on (08) 6424 5366 or

Learn more about the Department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion and Capability team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application. Alternatively please refer to our Applying for a position information.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the department. #LI-DNP

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