Air Quality 83% open


What data is expected?

Data about the daily mean concentration of air pollutants, especially those potentially harmful to human health. Data should be available for all air monitoring stations or air monitoring zones in a country. The Index focusses on key pollutants as defined by the World Health Organisation. See our methodology section for more information.

  • Particulate matter (PM)
  • Sulphur oxides (SOx)
  • Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
  • Carbon monoxide (CO)
  • Ozone
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Available per air monitoring station/zone

How open is the data?

Data Usability Beta

The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 3

Data format


Data licence

Where available for download, the data is CC-BY licenced (ACT, QLD, NSW)

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced Yes
Downloadable at once No Each state/territory maintains a different portal and utilises different formats
Up-to-date Yes All Australian industrial facilities which meet the reporting criteria are required to submit annual reports of their emissions and transfers of NPI substances in waste. These reports are published on or before 31 March each year for the preceding financial year.
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
In an open and machine-readable format CSV, JSON, XML Various sites have different methods
findable 3
findable_steps google search for hourly air quality
licence_url Where available for download, the data is CC-BY licenced (ACT, QLD, NSW)
Collected by government Yes
usability 3 The data is easy to understand and download
collector_name Hourly air quality recording and reporting is the responsibility of the states. The National Pollutant Inventory collects annual data from businesses The National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) is tracking pollution across Australia, and ensuring that the community has access to information about the emission and transfer of toxic substances which may affect them locally.
characteristics Particulate matter (PM), Sulphur oxides (SOx), Nitrogen oxides (NOx), Carbon monoxide (CO), Ozone, Available per air monitoring station/zone Reviewer: I was not able to find Benzene or any other VOC hourly reported in the sites described.
location - NSW Data (hourly) (downloadable), - VIC Data (hourly), - QLD Data (hourly) (downloadable), - SA Data (hourly), - WA Data (hourly), - TAS Data (hourly), href=""">rel="nofollow"> - NT Data (hourly), - ACT Data (hourly) (downloadable), - NPI download (downloadable) These links are to the human viewable sites (unless the downloadable is readily accessible where available)


There is National Australian coverage of hourly monitoring stations, and live reporting. In addition, industry reports annually on their pollutants.

Reviewer comments

Accepted with slight correction, No VOCs found reported.

Meta data

Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   Unknown
Reviewer   Ricardo Alanís
Last modified   Tue Dec 13 2016 10:20:15 GMT+0000 (UTC)