The National Sustainable Development Council’s comprehensive independent report on Australia’s progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals provides a data-driven assessment of Australia’s mixed progress towards meeting the SDGs.
The report is available as a summary report and as an interactive website with charts for each of the indicators. Explore the data by SDG to see how we going on goals such as gender equality, ending poverty and decent work.
The report shows that Australia is performing well in health and education but is failing to address cost of living pressures and economic inequality. Women continue to lose out on pay equality and housework parity and have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, being more likely to lose their jobs and experience psychological distress.
Of 56 indicators, only 12 are on track to meet the 2030 targets. COVID-19 has exacerbated trends — including higher levels of unemployment, poverty and psychological distress — that were emerging before COVID-19, and that could fracture Australian society.