In 2013 the NSW Government initiated a review of the Dams Safety Act 1978 and its associated regulatory framework.
The review identified a need to improve safety regulation by providing clear, enforceable safety standards that dam owners must comply with. It also recognised the need for an independent regulator to enforce compliance.
The review resulted in the development of new legislation, the Dams Safety Act 2015, and identified the need to establish a new regulator, Dams Safety NSW.
To implement the new regulatory initiatives, the government established the independent Interim Dams Safety Advisory Committee, who together with government developed Dams Safety Regulation 2019.