Sustainable Development Goals

Read Australia's Report on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (Voluntary National Review) 2018

Read Australia's data report – Tracking Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals


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Artwork by Jordana Angus

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form a roadmap for global development efforts to 2030 and beyond. The Sustainable Development Goals, together with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development (a global plan for financing the Goals) form the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. There are 169 targets within the Sustainable Development Goals and each goal has a set of indicators to help measure progress.

Explore official Australian Government data on the Sustainable Development Goals' indicators on the Australia SDGs data website

Find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals and what Australian businesses, civil society organisations, universities, local communities and individualss are doing to support the Sustainable Development Goals on the Australia SDGs website

Australia's Report on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 2018

Each of the 193 countries that signed on to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has committed to producing a report on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (a Voluntary National Review) at least twice over the lifetime of the Agenda. The Voluntary National Reviews are to reflect a country's efforts and achievements against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Australia delivered its first Voluntary National Review at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) on 17 July 2018.

The Review is a 'whole of Australia' report. It is not just about government initiatives and activity: it is about the efforts of the business sector, civil society, academia, communities and individuals. Australians are contributing to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through their work in the care economy, by volunteering, by preserving the natural environment and through their everyday activities.

The Review draws on the activities, engagement and leadership of key civil society, academic and business organisations and their members. In particular, the Australian Council for International Development, the Global Compact Network Australia, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Australia/Pacific, the Australian Council of Social Service and the United Nations Association of Australia  made substantial contributions to the Review through the coordination of outreach events, their expert analysis, and by collecting and compiling case study material. Together, these organisations hosted the 2018 Australian SDGs Summit, where representatives from all sectors discussed Australia's progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

For enquiries please contact 2030Agenda@dfat.gov.au

Artwork by Jordana Angus

Sustainable Development Goals artwork

Jordana Angus is an established contemporary Wiradjuri artist and emerging jeweller. Her traditional land is Narrandera New South Wales but she was born and raised in Redcliffe, Queensland. This location has given Jordana an innate connection to where the land meets the sea.

Jordana has drawn inspiration through reclaiming childhood cultural memories and connection to country to design 17 individual, yet interconnected, art strips symbolising each of the 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals. By imposing cultural stories and traditions in contemporary practice, using bright colours, abstract black in landscape drawings and experimentation with mixed mediums, Jordana raises awareness of personal stories and the search for the beauty that can be found in the everyday. Jordana's artistic interpretation of the SDGs can be seen throughout the Voluntary National Review.

Commonwealth Department domestic responsibilities

The following list shows which Commonwealth Government Departments have had lead responsibility for Commonwealth Government input into the Voluntary National Review for each of the Sustainable Development Goals.

No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Lead Department

  • Department of Social Services

Supporting Departments

  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Department of Home Affairs (Emergency Management Australia)

Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Lead Department

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Supporting Department

  • Department of Health

Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Lead Department

  • Department of Health

Supporting Department

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Lead Department

  • Department of Education and Training

Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Lead Department

  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Supporting Department

  • Department of Social Services

Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Lead Department

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Supporting Department

  • Department of Environment and Energy

Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Lead Department

  • Department of Environment and Energy

Supporting Department

  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Lead Department

  • The Treasury

Supporting Department

  • Department of Jobs and Small Business
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics

Industry innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

Lead Department

  • Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Supporting Department

  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Department of Communications and the Arts

Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Lead Department

  • The Treasury

Supporting Department

  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Home Affairs

Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Lead Department

  • Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities

Supporting Department

  • Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Department of Communications and the Arts
  • Department of Home Affairs (Emergency Management Australia)

Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Lead Department

  • Department of Environment and Energy

Supporting Department

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Department of Finance

Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Lead Department

  • Department of Environment and Energy

Supporting Department

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Department of Home Affairs (Emergency Management Australia)

Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Lead Department

  • Department of Environment and Energy

Supporting Department

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Department of Home Affairs (Maritime Border Command)
  • Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities (Australian Maritime Safety Authority)

Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and half and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Lead Department

  • Department of Environment and Energy

Supporting Department

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Lead Department

  • Attorney-General’s Department

Supporting Department

  • Department of Defence

Partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

Lead Department

  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Supporting Department

  • The Treasury
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
Last Updated: 7 August 2018