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Department of Energy and Water Supply

Dams in Queensland

Queensland has a multitude of water dams that fulfill many important purposes. Some of these roles include:

  • supplying water to 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.

Our overall role in managing the safety of dams includes the following:

Dam levels and recreation facilities

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.

Emergencies

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. 

Flood information 

  • In Queensland, local authorities are primarily responsible for the management of flood emergencies and you should check with them as to what information is available in your community.
  • The Department of Natural Resources and Mines provides FloodCheck Maps. These maps are an interactive guide to flood lines, imagery, and data and the extent of floodplains in Queensland.
  • Information on the extent of flooding associated with the failure of referable water dams is available.

The Bureau of Meteorology also provides a flood warning service.

Other dams

Hazardous waste dams or other dams that are regulated under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 are managed by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

Chief Scientist’s independent report: Flooding in Sandy Creek Catchment

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.

Find out more

Last updated:
30 June 2017
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