Monitoring the environment

EPA AirWatch


Disclaimer | Siting | Planned burns

Air quality categories

  • AQI very good air qualityVery Good
  • AQI very good air qualityGood
  • AQI very good air qualityFair
  • AQI very good air qualityPoor
  • AQI very good air qualityVery Poor
  • AQI very good air qualityNot available
  • AQI very good air qualityIncident air monitoring

Health categories

"" Unhealthy for sensitive groups "" Unhealthy all "" Very unhealthy all "" Hazardous "" Hazardous extreme

Disclaimer: Data on EPA AirWatch comes directly from our air monitoring stations using various types of monitoring equipment and methods. This data may be adjusted later according to set criteria to account for instrument errors, power interruptions and other technical issues.

Siting: EPA aims to locate our ambient monitoring stations so they give a good representation of the air quality experienced by the public. As most of the Victorian population lives and works close to roads, most of our stations are in population centres next to roads. This can mean we do not always comply with one of the requirements of the Australian Standard for siting (AS 3580.1.1), which specifies that air monitoring stations should be more than 50 metres away from a road. Currently, Footscray is the only EPA air monitoring site that meets this requirement.

Air quality impacts from planned burns

Forest Fire Management Victoria and Country Fire Association crews conduct planned burns to reduce bushfire risk to communities and the environment. Smoke impacts from planned burns can result in poor air quality across parts of Victoria.

For the latest information about when planned burns are happening near you, visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au/plannedburn, https://emergency.vic.gov.au/respond, download the VicEmergency app or call the VicEmergency hotline on 1800 226 226.

For information on how to minimise health impacts of smoke, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Current notices

  • Geelong: Monitoring for PM2.5 is offline due to routine maintenance and PM2.5 data is not being collected at the station. EPA expects the data to be available from 12pm, 25/05/2017. The air quality forecast for Melbourne is expected to be GOOD to VERY GOOD. (23 May 2017)
  • Latrobe Valley: Given the Hazelwood power station is now closed and there are no longer any discharges from the power station chimneys, ENGIE is no longer obliged to monitor air quality from the chimneys. However, EPA licence requirements remain in place to ensure monitoring of other environmental risks, including fugitive dust, and annual reporting that occurs through the 2016–17 annual performance statement. EPA’s Latrobe Valley air monitoring network – with stations at Morwell South, Morwell East, Churchill, Moe and Traralgon – will also help EPA track any changes in local air quality since the closure. (19 April 2017)
  • Ozone: During winter months, EPA switches off equipment that we use to monitor summer ozone in parts of our network (mostly in metropolitan Melbourne). We will switch them back on before the start of next summer. (04 April 2017).
  • Fog can cause low visibility readings in EPA’s air monitoring network due to high levels of moisture in the air. EPA staff will monitor visibility readings during periods forecast for high levels of fog and communicate any issues if required. (12 April 2017)

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Page last updated on 24 May 2017