The CAAA was established to raise the level of community awareness of issues relating to the reduction of air pollution and improvement of air quality in Australia.
The CAAA is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation, and operates independently of any government agency or industry association.
Our Members are ordinary people who want cleaner air to breathe - for themselves, for their families and for every Australian.
Why Do We Care ?
Fresh, clean air is our most basic human need.
Without it, we cannot survive.
Because air is invisible, it's difficult to tell whether it’s polluted. Sadly it is, often in ways that make us sick.
The CAAA was formed to provide every Australian with better information about the air we breathe - in homes, in schools, at work and in communities.
Air quality is not someone else's problem.
It's everyone's problem.
We want to support initiatives to improve air quality, and inform policies and programmes that really work.
What Can I Do ?
Help us build our network, deliver educational programmes in schools and communities, and promote policies and behaviours to make the air we breathe cleaner, better and healthier.
If you care about air quality, are a teacher or parent, want to learn about pollution near your home or school, or are just interested in what we do, then ...
Is Air Quality That Important ?
Air pollution represents a serious, and often ignored, health risk. It is also a significant contributor to climate change.
The World Health Organisation recently announced that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. It reports that 1 in 8 global deaths is a result of exposure to air pollution.
Air pollution contributes to many health problems, including heart disease, respiratory illness, premature births and lung cancer. Children, the elderly and allergy sufferers are particularly at risk.
A study by the NSW Department of Environment & Conservation showed that the annual health cost associated with air pollution in the Sydney region could be in excess of $1,500 per person, representing a very significant 3.4% of the NSW Gross State Product.
On 30th April 2014, the Federal Minister for the Environment announced a National Clean Air Agreement to toughen reporting standards on air pollutants and impose new emissions standards. The objective is a national agreement by 2016 to improve air quality in cities throughout the country.