The owner of a dam is responsible for its safety. Having a dam safety management program in place can minimise the risk of its failure, and the potential impact on human life and property.

Under the provisions of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008, the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy is responsible for the regulation of dams that are referable. (Referable dams are those that dam owners have assessed as putting people at risk in the event of failure.)

Around half of the referable dams in Queensland are owned by Seqwater (26 dams) and Sunwater (23 dams). All referable dam owners must have an approved emergency action plan in place.

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy may put safety conditions on referable dams. These safety conditions may require dam owners to develop standard operating procedures and undertake works to improve the dam’s integrity.

Audit Objective

The objective of the audit is to provide insights on the dam regulator’s framework for ensuring dams are managed safely.

Who we might audit
  • Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water.
Parliamentary Committee
State Development and Regional Industries Committee
Audit status
In progress
Anticipated tabling: Apr–Jun 2021