Each of the 193 countries that signed on to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has committed to producing 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’s first Voluntary National Review (VNR) on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals was launched by The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on 15 June 2018 and delivered to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development on 17 July 2018.

The Review covers initiatives on goals which are also fundamental issues of Australia’s tax and transfer system, like decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; gender equality; no poverty; and reduced inequalities.

Reporting status on SDG indicators

From the 244 SDG indicators listed in the global indicator framework, Australia has reported online on almost half of the indicators, while one in four remain in the exploring data sources stage. Twelve indicators are not reported (mainly under Goal 5 – Gender Equality, due to lack of suitable data sources), and 51 are not applicable to the country.

(Source: sdgdata.gov.au | Voluntary National Review | Reporting status)

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