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The Annual Dams Safety Standards Report demonstrates the declared dam owner’s compliance with the dam safety standards set out in the Dams Safety Regulation 2019 (the Regulation).
Every year, declared dam owners must lodge a separate report for each of their declared dams with Dams Safety NSW by 31 March.
The report covers the period 1 January to 31 December of the previous calendar year.
Use the online form below to enter information into your Annual Dams Safety Standards Report. Note: you can save your progress and resume at a later time.
Once completed and submitted, you will receive an email with an unsigned pdf copy of your Annual Dams Safety Standards Report. The PDF report then needs to be signed by the dam owner's accountable office holder(s). A digital signature can be used.
Once the report is signed by the correct office holder(s), please email to email@example.com by 31 March.
Section 1 – Declared dam identification details
Section 2 – Dams safety standards
The dam consequence category is a rating of potential impacts resulting from a dam failure. It must be assessed:
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The dam safety management system is a structured approach to manage all foreseeable risks relating to dam failure. It is designed to be used
by the dam owner to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the safety of
people, property and the environment is not put at risk from the dam. Regulation Part 5, clause 12
The owner of a declared dam (other than a proposed dam) must use the risk management framework, Regulation Part 5, clause 14 to produce a written report on all foreseeable risks to the dam:
The declared dam owner must report incidents that happen at or in relation to the dam to Dams Safety NSW. Regulation, clause 19
The declared dam owner must ensure that a safety review to assess the overall safety of the dam is
The declared dam owner must ensure a safety review is carried out at least once every 15
years, and as soon as practicable after:
Date of last safety review Regulation, subclause 20(2)
If the dam's consequence category is extreme, high A or high B, the safety review must be reviewed by a panel of at least 2 independent competent persons. Regulation, subclause 20(6)
If the dam's consequence category is high C, the safety review must be reviewed by an independent competent person. Regulation, subclause 20(6A)
Before making any significant change to the configuration of the declared dam that may affect the safety of the dam, the dam owner must inform Dams Safety NSW of the proposed change in writing. Regulation, clause 21
The declared dam owner must ensure that staff who are involved in the operation of the dam
undertake emergency exercises at least once every 3 years. Regulation, clause 22
The declared dam owner must ensure that staff who are involved
in operating the dam undertake practical emergency exercises at least once every 5 years, where possible including relevant agencies identified in the emergency plan. Regulation, subclauses 22
(3) and 22 (4)
Section 3 - Additional information for Dams Safety NSW
Section 4 - Attestation
The Attestation of the information provided in the form must be completed by the dam owner office holder(s):
Statutory state- owned corporation
Chief Executive Officer or Managing Director responsible for managing the operation of the statutory state-owned corporation in accordance with the general policies and specific directions of the board
Corporation with 2 or more members: