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The Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES) in collaboration with industry partners operates an air quality monitoring network across the state.

Data from the monitoring network is presented online as ambient concentration, air quality index values and health action levels which are updated hourly.

What’s new

Queensland is now reporting hourly averages for PM2.5, PM10 and TSP (instead of a 24 hour running average).

Queensland Health has created 5 health action levels, presented in a colour indicator scale, to provide advice on what activities you can do, based on the hourly average concentrations of PM2.5 in the air.

Wednesday 8 July 2020 12pm

Air quality data is available from 1 January 2016. Individual stations have been monitoring for different time periods so data may not be available for all possible times.

Air quality

Legend to air quality index colours about index values

  • Very good 0–33
  • Good 34–66
  • Fair 67–99
  • Poor 100–149
  • Very poor >150

Map markers are indicative only. They do not reflect the exact location of the stations.

Select a value within the table to generate charts and to download air quality data.

South East Queenslandmap
StationPM2.5 health action levelParticle PM2.5 µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticle PM2.5 index aboutParticle PM10 µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticle PM10 index aboutParticles TSP µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticles TSP index aboutVisibility Mm⁻¹1hr avg aboutVisibility index aboutCarbon monoxide ppm8hr avg aboutCarbon monoxide index aboutNitrogen dioxide ppm1hr avg aboutNitrogen dioxide index aboutOzone ppm1hr avg aboutOzone index aboutSulfur dioxide ppm1hr avg aboutSulfur dioxide index about
Brisbane CBDmap1 about5817.31483
Cannon Hillmap1 about5.5913.91221.790.02525
Deception Baymapn/aabout0.00760.02626
Flinders Viewmapn/aabout17.515940.00430.0262600
Lyttonmap1 about0.3111.290.0011
Mountain Creekmapn/aabout16.2141150.00330.0330
Mutdapillymapn/aabout000.03232
North Macleanmapn/aabout0.00110.03232
Rockleamap1 about7.51317.214730.00220.03131
South Brisbanemap1 about5.81022.6190.330.01916
Southportmap1 about1.427.160.00220.02727
Springwoodmap1 about008.970.00330.033000
Woolloongabbamap1 about5818.9160.440.01613
Wynnummap1 about1.6310.490.00330.0011
Wynnum Westmap1 about005.450.0021
South West Queenslandmap
StationPM2.5 health action levelParticle PM2.5 µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticle PM2.5 index aboutParticle PM10 µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticle PM10 index aboutParticles TSP µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticles TSP index aboutVisibility Mm⁻¹1hr avg aboutVisibility index aboutCarbon monoxide ppm8hr avg aboutCarbon monoxide index aboutNitrogen dioxide ppm1hr avg aboutNitrogen dioxide index aboutOzone ppm1hr avg aboutOzone index aboutSulfur dioxide ppm1hr avg aboutSulfur dioxide index about
Hopeland1 about3565830.11000.03232
Miles Airport1 about581191870.330.00220.03737
Upper Humbugmap1 about3576940.33000.03232
Gladstonemap
StationPM2.5 health action levelParticle PM2.5 µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticle PM2.5 index aboutParticle PM10 µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticle PM10 index aboutParticles TSP µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticles TSP index aboutVisibility Mm⁻¹1hr avg aboutVisibility index aboutCarbon monoxide ppm8hr avg aboutCarbon monoxide index aboutNitrogen dioxide ppm1hr avg aboutNitrogen dioxide index aboutOzone ppm1hr avg aboutOzone index aboutSulfur dioxide ppm1hr avg aboutSulfur dioxide index about
Auckland Pointmapn/aabout26.822
Boat Creekmap1 about5.2917.1141250.00760.0084
Boyne Islandmap1 about4711.19104000000
Clintonmap1 about581513940.00330.0011
Fisherman's Landingmap1 about71221.5181460.006500
Memorial Parkmapn/aabout0.00980.029290.0137
South Gladstonemap1 about7.21214.312830.00540.0032
Targiniemap1 about5817.9151250.016130.0147
Central Queenslandmap
StationPM2.5 health action levelParticle PM2.5 µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticle PM2.5 index aboutParticle PM10 µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticle PM10 index aboutParticles TSP µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticles TSP index aboutVisibility Mm⁻¹1hr avg aboutVisibility index aboutCarbon monoxide ppm8hr avg aboutCarbon monoxide index aboutNitrogen dioxide ppm1hr avg aboutNitrogen dioxide index aboutOzone ppm1hr avg aboutOzone index aboutSulfur dioxide ppm1hr avg aboutSulfur dioxide index about
Blackwatermap1 about3.8612.110
Emeraldmap1 about4.3715.413
Moranbah (Cunningham Way)map1 about5.6921.918
Moranbah (Utah Dr)map1 about5.1919.716
West Mackaymap1 about6.61120.317188
Townsvillemap
StationPM2.5 health action levelParticle PM2.5 µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticle PM2.5 index aboutParticle PM10 µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticle PM10 index aboutParticles TSP µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticles TSP index aboutVisibility Mm⁻¹1hr avg aboutVisibility index aboutCarbon monoxide ppm8hr avg aboutCarbon monoxide index aboutNitrogen dioxide ppm1hr avg aboutNitrogen dioxide index aboutOzone ppm1hr avg aboutOzone index aboutSulfur dioxide ppm1hr avg aboutSulfur dioxide index about
Coastguardmapn/aabout22.81939.716
Environment Parkmapn/aabout21.618
Lennon Drivemapn/aabout21.71848.820
North Wardmap1 about71219.4161360.001100
Mount Isamap
StationPM2.5 health action levelParticle PM2.5 µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticle PM2.5 index aboutParticle PM10 µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticle PM10 index aboutParticles TSP µg/m³1hr avg aboutParticles TSP index aboutVisibility Mm⁻¹1hr avg aboutVisibility index aboutCarbon monoxide ppm8hr avg aboutCarbon monoxide index aboutNitrogen dioxide ppm1hr avg aboutNitrogen dioxide index aboutOzone ppm1hr avg aboutOzone index aboutSulfur dioxide ppm1hr avg aboutSulfur dioxide index about
The Gapmapn/aabout20.5170.0011

None of the data is validated (0% validated, 0/130 records)

The data used to compile this air quality information comes directly from the department's air monitoring network and has only undergone a preliminary quality check. Data is retrieved from the stations every hour and after quality checks, is available approximately 1 hour later.

All data on this site is shown in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

  • If there is no data measured for a parameter, or data could not be retrieved from the monitoring station at this hour, no data is shown in the cell.

About health action levels

Health action levels are recommendations that have been developed by Queensland Health to support and inform the community on what actions to take to protect their health during a smoke event.

The health action levels are based on hourly PM2.5 measurements and provide separate advice on preventative actions for the general public and for individuals who are potentially more sensitive.

A health action level is only provided for monitoring stations where PM2.5 is measured.

Sensitive groups include:

  • people with asthma and other lung diseases
  • people with cardiovascular (heart) disease
  • people with type 2 diabetes
  • older people over the age of 65
  • infants and children
  • pregnant women.

Please note that these are recommendations only. If you are feeling unwell, please seek medical advice from a doctor, or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for advice.

Health action level 1 (good) PM2.5 concentrations are 0–25µg/m3

Everyone can go about their normal activities.

Sensitive groups should be aware for changing conditions.

Health action level 2 (fair) PM2.5 concentrations are 25–60µg/m3

Most people can go about their normal activities.

Sensitive groups should closely monitor the situation and take appropriate action if conditions worsen.

If outdoor conditions have noticeably improved, open windows and doors to get fresh air into the home.

Health action level 3 (poor) PM2.5 concentrations are 60–100µg/m3

The air is probably dusty and/or smoky.

Sensitive groups may experience symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath.

What you can do

Everyone should minimise prolonged or strenuous physical activities outdoors and close windows and doors.

Sensitive groups should avoid being outside to minimise exposure, reduce prolonged or strenuous physical activity, close windows and doors and follow their treatment plans.

If you are worried about your symptoms call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or see your doctor.

If anyone has trouble breathing or tightness in the chest, call 000 for an ambulance.

Health action level 4 (very poor) PM2.5 concentrations are 100–300µg/m3

The air is probably very dusty and/or smoky.

Everyone may experience symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath.

What you can do

Everyone should avoid being outside to minimise exposure where possible, reduce prolonged or strenuous physical activity and close windows and doors.

Sensitive groups should reduce physical activity, actively monitor their symptoms, and follow their treatment plans.

If you feel that the air in your home is uncomfortable, consider going to an air-conditioned building like a library or shopping centre for a break if it is safe to do so.

If you are worried about your symptoms call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or see your doctor.

If anyone has trouble breathing or tightness in the chest, call 000 for an ambulance.

Health action level 5 (extremely poor) PM2.5 concentrations are >300µg/m3

The air is probably extremely dusty or smoky.

Everyone may experience symptoms like coughing or shortness of breath.

What you can do

Everyone should stay indoors to minimise exposure and avoid prolonged and/or strenuous physical activity and close windows and doors.

Sensitive groups should reduce physical activity, actively monitor their symptoms, and follow their treatment plans.

If you feel that the air in your home is uncomfortable, consider going to an air-conditioned building like a library or shopping centre for a break if it is safe to do so.

If you are worried about your symptoms call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or see your doctor.

If anyone has trouble breathing or tightness in the chest, call 000 for an ambulance.

About air quality index values

Our scientists create an air quality index by converting measured pollutant concentrations into index values which make it easier to interpret air quality data by reducing the complexity associated with pollutant concentrations.

The index value is the pollutant concentration expressed as a proportion of the National Environment Protection Measure for Ambient Air Quality (Air NEPM) standard or the Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2008 (Air EPP) objective.

More information about air quality index.

About these Air quality parameters

Particle PM2.5

Airborne particles less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter, referred to as PM2.5, can be hazardous to human health or cause a nuisance when present in the air at elevated levels. They are capable of penetrating the lower airways of humans and can cause possible negative health effects.

The guideline for Particle PM2.5 is 60µg/m³ (1hr avg) and 25µg/m³ (24hr avg).

Particle PM2.5 is measured in micrograms per cubic metre.

More information about Particle PM2.5

Particle PM10

Airborne particles less than 10 micrometres in diameter, referred to as PM10, can be hazardous to human health or cause a nuisance when present in the air at elevated levels. They are capable of penetrating the lower airways of humans and can cause possible negative health effects.

The guideline for Particle PM10 is 120µg/m³ (1hr avg) and 50µg/m³ (24hr avg).

Particle PM10 is measured in micrograms per cubic metre.

More information about Particle PM10

Particles TSP

Airborne particles up to about 100 micrometres in diameter are referred to as TSP (total suspended particles). These particles are generated by combustion and non-combustion processes, including windblown dust, sea salt, earthworks, mining activities, industrial processes, motor vehicle engines and fires.

The guideline for Particles TSP is 250µg/m³ (1hr avg) and 80µg/m³ (24hr avg).

Particles TSP is measured in micrograms per cubic metre.

More information about Particles TSP

Visibility

Aerosols and fine particles can reduce visibility. Smoke from fires or haze are common causes of poor visibility.

The guideline for Visibility is 235Mm⁻¹ (1hr avg).

Visibility is measured in inverse megametres.

More information about Visibility

Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas formed when substances containing carbon (such as petrol, gas, coal and wood) are burned with an insufficient supply of air. It has serious health impacts on humans and animals, especially those with cardiovascular disease.

The guideline for Carbon monoxide is 9ppm (8hr avg).

Carbon monoxide is measured in parts per million.

More information about Carbon monoxide

Nitrogen dioxide

Nitrogen dioxide is an acidic and highly corrosive gas. Nitrogen oxides are critical components of photochemical smog. Long-term exposure to high levels of nitrogen dioxide can cause chronic lung disease and affect the senses.

The guideline for Nitrogen dioxide is 0.12ppm (1hr avg).

Nitrogen dioxide is measured in parts per million.

More information about Nitrogen dioxide

Ozone

Ozone is a colourless, highly reactive gas with a distinctive odour. The upper atmosphere ozone layer (at altitudes of 15–35km) protects the earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The ozone layer reduction represents a global atmosphere issue.

The guideline for Ozone is 0.1ppm (1hr avg).

Ozone is measured in parts per million.

More information about Ozone

Sulfur dioxide

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is a colourless gas with a sharp, irritating odour. It is produced by burning fossil fuels and by the smelting of mineral ores that contain sulfur.

The guideline for Sulfur dioxide is 0.2ppm (1hr avg).

Sulfur dioxide is measured in parts per million.

More information about Sulfur dioxide

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Last updated
19 September 2020
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