Dam safety arrangements in Victoria

The Minister for Water has powers under the Act to regulate the construction, operation and safety of dams in Victoria. These powers apply to dams owned and managed by public entities such as water corporations, local government and Parks Victoria, and private dams owned by farmers and hydro-power producers.

To help administer these powers, the minister is supported by the Water Group of DELWP, which has regulatory responsibilities for dam safety.

DELWP has regulatory responsibilities for dam safety within Victoria. The Strategic Framework for Dam Safety Regulation sets out Victoria's regulatory policies and practices.

Strategic Framework for Dam Safety Regulation (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Strategic Framework for Dam Safety Regulation (accessible) (DOC, 1.7 MB)

Dam Safety Advisory Committee

The Dam Safety Advisory Committee provides specialist advice to DELWP on regulation of dam safety.

The committee members have been appointed based on their expertise in dam safety, risk management, economics/business management and water industry experience. They are:

  • David Dole, Committee Chairperson and former General Manager River Murray Water;
  • Phillip Cummins, former Chair of Australian National Committee on Large Dams and Deputy Commissioner of the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry;
  • Jim Keary, General Manager, Hunter Water Australia; and
  • Clinton Rodda, Managing Director, Southern Rural Water.

For more information see the terms of reference and annual report for the committee:

Dam Safety Advisory Committee Terms of Reference  (PDF, 35.6 KB)
Dam Safety Advisory Committee Terms of Reference (accessible) (RTF, 316.3 KB)

Dam Safety Advisory Committee Annual Report 2016 (PDF, 135.8 KB)
Dam Safety Advisory Committee Annual Report 2016 (accessible) (DOCX, 71.9 KB)