Guidelines for the Design, Construction, Surveillance or Decommissioning of a Dam - Tasmania

Service summary

These guidelines set out the recommended practice for dam owners and consultants in preparing the 5 yearly surveillance reports for their dams and general advice on good dam surveillance practice.

Safety surveillance is an ongoing requirement for existing dams depending on the dam's consequence category. A dam consequence category is based on the severity of damage and loss to downstream environments, infrastructure and populations in the event of a dam failure.

Surveillance reports must include:

  • Potential safety issues that have been identified; and
  • Field information on current condition of dam.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE)
Water and Marine Resources
Water Operations

Act(s) name

Water Management Act 1999 (Tasmania)

Regulation(s) name

Water Management (Safety of Dams) Regulations 2015 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Senior Administration Officer, Water Compliance
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE)
Water and Marine Resources
Water Operations

Operating address:
1 Franklin Wharf
Tasmania 7000
Mailing address:
Hobart, Tasmania 7001


03 61653019


03 62337781

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