The 30-year-old was one of the stars to complete 18 holes before the thereat of lightning forced the players off the course, after carding eight birdies and just one bogey.
The Queenslander sits on seven-under par and is two strokes clear of New Zealand's Ryan Fox plus US duo Julian Suri and Harold Varner III, although the latter still has four first-round holes to finish.
Six players made the clubhouse on -4, with former world number one Adam Scott among them while home favourites Marc Leishman, Greg Chalmers, John Senden and Robert Allenby reached -2 after their first round.
Dodt is the man they will all be looking up to when play resumes on Friday and the two-time European Tour winner admits his opening salvo exceeded expectations.
"My caddy and I said probably maybe 10 under at the start of the week, so it's nice to be seven under after round one," he told www.europeantour.com.