former Standing Council on Environment and Water

(incorporating the National Environment Protection Council)

National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure

On 13 December 2013, COAG replaced its 22 Standing Councils, Select Councils and governance fora with a set of eight Councils and the decision saw the revocation of the Standing Council on Environment and Water. Work is currently underway to resolve how its existing work would be handled in the future. In the interim, this website is currently maintained for historical purposes and is scheduled for archiving.

A new website for the National Environment Protection Council is currently under development.

NEPM: National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure 
Made by NEPC: 26 June 1998
Commenced: 8 July 1998

Please contact the relevant jurisdictional agency regarding detailed implementation information for this NEPM. Decisions about the way in which NEPMs are implemented are made by each jurisdiction individually.

What's currently happening

Proposed variation to the Ambient Air Quality NEPM

An Impact Statement, which evaluates the environmental, social and economic costs and benefits of meeting proposed standards for airborne particles, and a draft varied Ambient Air Quality NEPM is now open for public comment. Submissions close on 10 October 2014.

Notice of intention to vary the Ambient Air Quality NEPM

On 29 April 2014, Ministers signalled their intention to vary the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure for particles reflecting the latest scientific understanding on health risks arising from particle pollution. The Measure seeks to establish a more stringent reporting standard for particle pollution (PM2.5 and PM10).

Information on the process to vary the Ambient Air Quality NEPM, including consultation opportunities, will be published on this page as it becomes available.

On 16 September 2011, Council agreed to release the review of the National Environment Protection (Ambient Air Quality) Measure, and noted that the review's recommendations will be prioritised and responded to through the development of the National Plan for Clean Air. The new National Plan for Clean Air will provide a robust framework for identifying cost effective emission reduction actions, and implementation arrangements.

Ambient Air Quality NEPM Goal

To achieve National Environment Protection Standards as assessed in accordance with (set) monitoring protocol.

Desired Environmental Outcomes

Ambient air quality that allows for the adequate protection of human health and well-being.

Key documents

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