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Emergency action plans

In line with a recommendation of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry, there is now a legislative requirement, under the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008, for dam owners to have an approved emergency action plan (EAP). These plans will need to be submitted for approval by 1 October 2013, and will be published on this page.

A provisional guideline (PDF, 1.3MB) is now available to assist dam owners to prepare their EAPs. This guideline will also assist Local and District Disaster Management Groups to understand their new role in the preparation of the EAPs.

Feedback on the provisional guideline is encouraged and should be provided to the department, via the email address below, by the end of October.The department plans to publish a final guideline in mid-2014 incorporating relevant feedback.

To support the roll-out of these provisional guidelines and to assist dam owners to prepare their own EAPs, DEWS conducted awareness and training sessions during July 2013 at various locations around Queensland.

For further information please email

Last updated
18 September 2013