SDGs in Australia

SDGs in Australia

Country profile


Human Development Index (HDI Indicators) (Lower % is Better) Australia OECD Very High HDI
Overall Loss Due to Inequality in % 8.2 12.6 11.1
Human Inequality Co-efficient in % 8.0 12.3 10.9
Inequality in Life Expectancy at birth % 4.3 5.7 5.4
Inequality in education % 1.9 9.5 7.2
Inequality in Income % 17.7 21.5 19.9

(Data as per Human Development Report 2016)

SDGs in Australia

According to the 2020 Sustainable Development Report, Australia is in “On Track” or “SDG achieved” category only in SDG-3 (Good Health and Well-being).

In other SDGs, such as SDG-5: Gender Equality and SDG-8: Decent work and Economic growth Australia is in the “On Track” category, however, the agendas are categorised as “Significant challenges remain”.

In the following SDGs, such as: SDG-10: Reduce Inequalities, SDG-11:Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG-13:Climate Action, SDG-14:Life Below Water, SDG-15: Life on Land, and SDG-17:Partnerships for the goal, the country’s indicators are classified as “stagnant”, with varying degrees of challenges ranging from significant to major.

SDG-12:Responsible consumption and production remains one of the major challenging areas for Australia.

In the rest of the SDG indicators the country has achieved a moderate level of improvement with varying degrees of challenges.

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