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Dam safety management

As a dam owner, you must have an effective dam safety management program in place to minimise the risk of a dam failing, and protect life and property.

You can use the Queensland dam safety management guidelines (PDF, 1.7MB) when developing a safety program.

Dam safety conditions

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy can apply dam safety conditions that require dam safety programs for referable dams.

Applied conditions can vary according to the type of dam and the specific circumstances of the dam.

They typically require:

  • reporting of all incidents and failures (additional to requirements of emergency action plan)
  • design and construction documentation (including drawings)
  • standing operating procedures and operation and maintenance manuals
  • engineering inspections (special, annual and comprehensive)
  • periodic safety reviews
  • undertaking of works to improve the integrity of the dam.

For dams with very low populations at risk, and low risk to life, the requirements of the safety conditions can be significantly simplified.

All referable dams are required to have an emergency action plan.

Dam safety training

As a dam owner, you are required to develop a program that keeps the skills of your dam operation staff up to date through training programs, courses and on-the-job training.

Read the Dam operator training: Analysis of current trends and future outlook (PDF, 1.5MB) report for information on the technical resources and training options available in Queensland, other Australian states and overseas.


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