Rural air quality network - Live air quality data

Hourly updated particle concentrations from indicative monitors.


  • CMA – Catchment Management Authority
  • LLS – Local Land Services
  • SA – South Australia
  • TSP – Total Suspended Particles

Instruments used

Single-channel DustTraks used for stations reporting TSP only. Multi-channel DustTraks used for stations reporting TSP, PM10 and PM2.5.


Most rural network stations use low cost indicative monitors which respond to all aerosols including smoke and fog. Note that instrument accuracy and reliability does not meet Australian Standards, therefore do not interpret the data as pollution or compare with Air NEPM standards without additional information. Reported data has only undergone preliminary automated checks, and further manual validation is performed for data stored in the final OEH database.

Data is mostly collected at 15 minute intervals as the solar-powered instruments need to preserve energy. Data is reported in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), and updates approximately 30 minutes past the hour (e.g. 11:00 values are online at approximately 11:30). Gaps indicate that a pollutant is not measured at the site OR instrument was offline.

  • Bushfire emergency monitoring is being undertaken at the following locations across NSW, using a series of temporary incident air quality monitoring instruments: Coffs HarbourPort MacquarieLismore Grafton,  TareeUlladullaBatemans BayMerimbulaCooma
  • Air quality across NSW may be affected by extensive smoke from bushfires:
  • Visibility (Vis or NEPH) is a good indicator for smoke. If the Visibility AQI is “Poor” or worse, then there is likely to be significant smoke outside. If Visibility is “Fair” (yellow), there could be some impact due to smoke. While visibility is also affected by dust, the instrument is more sensitive to smoke.