Information for declared dam owners

Dams Safety NSW is continuing to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the effect it is having on businesses in NSW.

Engagement with declared dam owners

Over the coming months Dams Safety NSW will be consulting with declared dam owners to explain the requirements of the new legislation, and to determine if dam owners have adequate and appropriate systems in place to manage dams safety risks during the regulatory transition period (many new requirements in the regulation commence in November 2021).

As a consequence of the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have suspended all face-to-face meetings with stakeholders, subject to review. We will, therefore, be increasing phone, email and video conferencing engagement activities during this time.

Regulatory obligations/Compliance issues

The Dams Safety Regulation 2019 (the regulation) requires declared dam owners to have an Operations and Maintenance Plan and an Emergency Plan for their declared dam by Friday, 1 May 2020.

We understand that as the COVID-19 situation progresses some declared dam owners may experience increasing difficulties in meeting some regulatory obligations.

If, when undertaking stakeholder activities, Dams Safety NSW identifies declared dam owners don’t have in place the required documentation, we will take a reasonable and pragmatic approach to issues as they arise – provided that public safety is not compromised – in line with our Regulatory Policy.

Incident reporting

Please be aware of the continuing need to notify us of incidents as defined under clause 19 of the Dams Safety Regulation 2019. Should an oral report need to be made, call 0403 681 645.

More information

For more information, email and one of our staff will get back to you as soon as practical.

Further official information and advice on COVID-19 is available from the NSW Government website.