Dams Safety NSW – Legislative framework

The Dams Safety Act 2015 and the Dams Safety Regulation 2019 commenced on 1 November 2019.

The Regulation sets out the operational details for the Act, and safety standards that declared dam owners must comply with.


Reforms proposed and implemented by Dams Safety NSW to administer the Act and Regulation are detailed on the following pages:

2020 Reform – Dams safety levy

Dams Safety NSW proposes to add a provision in the Regulation to introduce a dams safety levy under section 41 of the Dams Safety Act 2015

2019 Reforms – Dams Safety NSW

On 1 November 2019, the new regulatory body Dams Safety NSW was created, and the Dams Safety Act 2015 and Dams Safety Regulation 2019 commenced.