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


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
  • 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 is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.


Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Dam Safety Surveillance Report Form (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Act(s) name

Water Management Act 1999 TAS

Regulation(s) name

Water Management (Safety of Dams) Regulations 2015 TAS

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Water and Marine Resources

Water Operations

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Senior Administration Officer, Water Compliance

Water Operations

Water and Marine Resources

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Operating address: 1 Franklin Wharf
Tasmania 7000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 44
Hobart, Tasmania 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3019
Fax: 03 6233 7781

Supporting information