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Summary

IPART has been asked to investigate the efficient costs of Dams Safety NSW (DSNSW) carrying out its functions under the Dams Safety Act 2015, and recommend a methodology for recovering these costs from declared dam owners.

DSNSW is an independent regulatory body that ensures declared dam owners manage the safety of their dams. This review will recommend a levy that ensures these owners pay for the services DSNSW provides in a clear, cost-effective and efficient way.

At the end of this review, IPART will recommend a levy to be paid by owners of “declared dams”. That is, dams DSNSW has determined could potentially threaten downstream life, or cause major property, environment, or public welfare damage.

Dam owners such as local councils, state owned corporations and mining operators will need to pay the levy.  

Key contact
Xanthe Smith