Queensland has a multitude of water dams that fulfill many important purposes. Some of these roles include:
Our overall role in managing the safety of dams includes the following:
Seqwater and SunWater own and operate 26 and 23 large dams respectively, which is almost half of Queensland's referable dams. Visit their websites for further information on or water storage levels and recreational facilities at their dams.
In an emergency, please call 000 if there is an imminent threat to life. Otherwise, if there are concerns over the safety of a water dam call our incident line on 1300 596 709.
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.
The Bureau of Meteorology also provides a flood warning service.
In April 2017, Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark Bailey asked the Queensland Chief Scientist, Professor Suzanne Miller, to prepare an independent report into the downstream flooding of Kinchant Dam following Cyclone Debbie.
The Report ‘Flooding in Sandy Creek Catchment, Mackay, following Tropical Cyclone Debbie: an independent assessment’, was released 30 June 2017. Read the Queensland Chief Scientist full report.