Montara Commission of Inquiry

On 5 November 2009, The Hon Martin Ferguson MP, Minister for Resources and Energy, announced a Commission of inquiry into the uncontrolled release of oil and gas from the Montara Wellhead Platform in the Timor Sea.

The Commission of inquiry was established under Part 9.10A of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006, and has nearly all the powers of a Royal Commission.

The Commissioner David Borthwick AO PSM has provided the Montara Commission of Inquiry Report to the Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP. Further enquiries on this report may be directed to Fiona Scott, Media Advisor, at or telephone: 0457 542 330.

The Australian Government released the Report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry and a draft Government response on 24 November 2010. Full details of this report and the Australian Government's response, including the submissions process, can be found at