Clean air is vital for Victorians' health.
Our air quality has improved significantly over recent decades and remains good by international standards.
However, there are challenges ahead - a growing population and economy and a warming and drying climate mean we need to continue to focus on improving our air quality.
The Victorian Government will develop a comprehensive Air Quality Strategy in 2019, to underpin air quality management policies and programs through to 2030.
Victoria’s Air Quality Statement - May 2018
In May 2018, the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Hon Lily D'Ambrosio MP, released Clean Air for All Victorians – Victoria’s Air Quality Statement. This kicked off engagement with all Victorians about our priorities for future air quality management. It included some ideas on what could be done to protect air quality over the coming decades, such as:
- Improving our understanding of where and when air pollution occurs
- Reducing the occurrence of air pollution
- Empowering communities to tackle local air pollution issues
- Tackling emerging air quality challenges
Formal submissions closed on 30 June 2018.
Victorian Government Clean Air Summit - 27 August 2018
The Victorian Government Clean Air Summit was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 27 August 2018.
The summit brought over 160 Victorians together to identify actions to improve air quality over the coming decade.
An overview of the summit, including speaker presentations and background materials, will be available shortly on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Clean Air for all Victorians webpage.
Clean Air Workshops
Complementary regional workshops will be in key locations across Victoria will be held during September and October 2018.
Ballarat Clean Air Workshop
The first clean air workshop will be held in Ballarat on Thursday 20 September 2018, from 6.00pm to around 8.00pm, with doors opening at 5.30pm.
Attendance at the workshop is free, but you will need to register.
Information on other regional workshops will be published shortly.
The summit and consultations are a wonderful opportunity for Victorians to have a further say on improving Victoria's future air quality. Discussions will inform the development of the Victorian Air Quality Strategy.
We still want to hear from you
Government still wants to hear from you about Victoria’s air quality future.
You can continue to forward your comments about Victoria’s air quality future to email@example.com.
You can use the following questions as a guide:
- What do you think are the best value actions listed in the statement that are likely to help improve future air quality?
- Do you have other suggestions on how to secure a clean air future?
- How would you build on or vary these actions?
- Do you have any suggestions for further actions?
- Are there any air quality actions you believe should be avoided? Why?
- Are there particular areas of air quality (either pollution sources or geographic regions) you think the government should target for improvement? Why?
- Are you able to provide any data or information that will help government assess the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of air quality management actions?
Read the statement
Clean Air for All Victorians started a community-focused discussion about what our priorities should be to secure Victoria’s clean air future.
- On pages 10 and 11 of the statement you will find initial ideas about what could be done to improve Victoria’s air quality over the coming decades.
- Some questions are provided on page 12 to help you respond to these ideas and to encourage you to provide us any other suggestions you might have.