Dams in Queensland
Queensland's water dams fulfil many purposes and roles including:
- water for towns and communities
- water for industry and agriculture
- water for hydropower
- water storages to provide a degree of flood mitigation to downstream communities
- water storages for recreational facilities.
Dam ownership and operation
The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy's role in managing the safety of dams includes:
Dam owners are responsible for the safety of their dams.
Referable dam owners are required to have approved emergency action plans in place for their dams.
In an emergency, phone 000.
If you have concerns over the safety of a water dam, email email@example.com.
In Queensland, local authorities are primarily responsible for the management of flood emergencies. You should check with them to find out what information is available in your community.
View our FloodCheck maps: an interactive guide to flood lines, imagery and data, and the extent of floodplains in Queensland.
Read more about the extent of flooding associated with the failure of referable water dams.
The Bureau of Meteorology also provides a flood warning service.
- View the latest South East Queensland dam levels and releases.
- Learn more about Seqwater and SunWater dam water storage levels and recreational facilities.
- Read flood mitigation studies and dam reviews.
- Read the guidelines for hazardous waste dams (i.e. regulated structures). Contact the regulator, the Department of Environment and Science for further information.
- Last reviewed: 4 Jun 2018
- Last updated: 13 Sep 2019