2018 – Queensland Dam Safety Legislation Review and Emergency Action Planning

Lorelle Hatch, Nina Polaschek, Chris Nielsen

On 1 July 2017, the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 (Qld) was amended to improve the way referable dam owners manage dam safety and integration of dam safety with disaster management. While each dam and emergency event differs, and each state has different dam safety and disaster management legislation, it is important that communication strategies are effectively delivered to empower dam owners and emergency practitioners to improve warning capability for affected communities. The paper provides an overview of the intent of the amended legislation, key concepts, what makes an effective emergency action plan and a performance analysis of the emergency action planning regulatory program. Lessons learnt from the analysis are provided.

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