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Dam safety

The failure of a dam can have major consequences — from injury and loss of life to economic, property and environmental damage. Queensland has a good safety record, but the safe management of our dams remains vitally important.

Dam safety is specifically concerned with referable dams. A referable dam is of a size that presents a risk to two or more people if it fails. Generally speaking, this does not include dams containing hazardous waste, a weir or large rainwater tanks.

This information is primarily intended for dam owners and operators, and industry bodies. We are responsible for appointing dam safety authorised officers.

Note: our authority does not extend to the safety of swimmers in the dam.

Last updated
20 January 2014