The Queensland State Government is leading the development and implementation of a regulatory framework for levees. Following consultation with local governments, NRM bodies and other stakeholders, the Government have decided that local councils will be the assessment manager for levees.

The regulation for the construction and modification of levees will be through compliance with a Levee Assessment Code under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, supported by the guidelines which provide information on how to interpret the codes.

Three categories of levees were defined which are determined by the level of impact of the proposed levee:

  • Category 1 levees do not have any off-property impacts and are subject to self-assessment.
  • Category 2 levees do have off-property impacts and have an affected population of less than 3 people and are subject to code assessment.
  • Category 3 levees do have off-property impacts and have an affected population of at least 3 people and are subject to impact assessment.

Landholders will need to apply for a development approval for category 2 or 3 levees. Local councils are responsible for assessing levee applications.

Royal HaskoningDHV assisted the State Government with the development of the guidance document. We provided the technical requirements needed to accompany a development application, applying our knowledge behind the International Levee Handbook and translating existing Dutch approaches to the Queensland context.

This expertise puts Royal HaskoningDHV’s Levee Experts in an ideal position to assist local councils in the assessment of levee applications and training council staff in this process. The key results of the whole project are:

  • a better understanding of the new Queensland levee regulation framework,
  •  in-house (State Government and Council) technical knowledge building; and
  • an effective and efficient  levee assessment process, meeting the Code’s aims without overburdening staff.
Royal HaskoningDHV were very professional and engaged throughout the project and all milestones were delivered on time. The final report was of high quality and clearly shows the technical capabilities of the project team.