Air quality

Brisbane is in the centre of the South East Queensland airshed. This airshed is the air volume that is enclosed by the surrounding mountains and bay islands. Pollutants can get trapped and build-up within the airshed until rain or strong wind clears the air.

Pollutant levels within our airshed can be increased by:

  • geography
  • subtropical climate
  • weather patterns
  • urban growth
  • pollution sources

Brisbane Vision aspiration

'Brisbane's air quality will be the best of any Australian capital city.'


Clean Air Update

Find out how Brisbane's air quality is tracking and what Council and the community together have achieved for clean air.
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Types of pollution

Learn about pollution sources such as vehicles, industry and bushfires. Find out what Council recommends to improve air quality.
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Clean Air Strategy

Read or download the Clean Air Strategy for Brisbane and find links to other air quality information. See what Council is doing to protect Brisbane's air quality and what you can do to help.
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Clean air index

Check the quality of Brisbane's air today. Data is updated every three hours.
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Why air quality is important

Brisbane's air quality is affected by many sources and can affect our health, the economy, our city's livability and the environment.