NSW air quality statements

Read our statements summarising NSW air quality monitoring data for each year and during significant pollution events, such as the 2019-20 bushfire season.

Annual air quality statements

Each year we summarise the data collected from the Air Quality Monitoring Network into an annual statement. These statements provide information on particle and gaseous pollutants monitored throughout the state, comparing levels to national standards and highlighting the sources and climatic conditions over the year. Focus areas are often included outlining significant events or regions of interest, such as the Hunter industry-funded networks.

NSW Annual Air Quality Statement 2019 is the latest statement available. Air quality in New South Wales was greatly affected by the continuing intense drought conditions and unprecedented extensive bushfires during 2019, resulting in poorer air quality throughout the State.

  • NSW Annual Air Quality Statement 2018

    Air quality in New South Wales remained generally good during 2018. However, an increase in broad-scale dust storms from drought-affected areas across NSW and smoke from hazard reduction burns have had a significant impact on NSW’s air quality.

  • NSW Annual Air Quality Statement 2017

    NSW air quality in 2017 continued to be generally good by international standards, although there was a small increase in the number of days above national standards compared with 2016.

  • NSW Annual Air Quality Statement 2016

    NSW air quality in 2016 continued to be generally good by international standards, although there was a small increase in the number of days above national standards compared with 2015.

  • NSW Annual Air Quality Statement 2015
    Air quality in NSW during 2015 was good by international standards. The Air Quality Index was in the very good, good or fair category for at least 95 per cent of the time in the Sydney and Hunter regions and close to 100 per cent of the time in all other regions, demonstrating that air quality consistently meets relevant standards.
  • NSW Annual Air Quality Statement 2014
    NSW air quality was better during 2014 than 2013, due mainly to a decrease in the number and extent of bushfires, despite record temperatures and below average rainfall, particularly in the northeast.
  • NSW Annual Air Quality Statement 2013
    Compared with previous years, NSW experienced poorer air quality during 2013, due mainly to drier and hotter weather through the middle of the year and the impacts of bushfires in September, October and November.

Special air quality statements

From time-to-time we provide special air quality statements highlighting seasons with significant air pollution events.

The NSW Air Quality Special Statement Spring–Summer 2019–20 describes the extreme air pollution, smoke and dust in the NSW bushfire season 2019–20.

Air quality newsletters and reports

In addition to the air quality statements, we regularly publish air quality newsletters and reports for particular regions and to cover specific air pollution events. These include: