Outline of the Project

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 SDGs build on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as including new areas of focus such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, and peace and justice goals. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society (and researchers!)

One of the key challenges that countries face in their achievement of the SDGs is being able to accurately measure and evaluate the progress they are making to meet the specific targets, with the right kinds of data. In order to determine where Australia is meeting the SDG targets, and where more effort is required, academic and government researchers need data at a fine spatial resolution and over extended time periods.

AURIN is ideally placed to support the evaluation of Australia’s achievement of the SDGs, as the largest single resource of datasets spanning the physical, social, economic, health and ecological aspects of Australian society.

AURIN’s Involvement in the Project

AURIN is now working closely with Australian Government departments at all levels, and academic researchers to identify the datasets they need to monitor and evaluate Australia’s progress towards the SDGs. Datasets sourced and curated from areas as broad as health, urban form, socio-economics, education, agriculture, employment and food supply. These data sets are all spatially enabled and research ready, meaning that users can then start to determine where in Australia more work needs to be done to achieve the SDGs. AURIN works to provide each of the datasets with high quality metadata (information about the datasets), allowing users to determine which SDG indicator the datasets relate to.

Wherever possible, the datasets are released through the Open Data (Creative Commons) framework, to ensure that everyone from individual citizens to governments can evaluate our progress in achieving the SDGs. A central component of AURIN’s involvement with the SDGs and their evaluation is the expansion of connections with the broader community – including academic researchers, government, and civil society – to promote the use of AURIN as the lead data and analytical resource to evaluate the SDGs.

Impact of Project

The purpose of the SDGs is to work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large.

As part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, they offer a crucial opportunity to put Australia on more prosperous and sustainable development path. Recognising that we can achieve so much more when we all work together within Australia’s Voluntary Review outlines, the importance of innovation and collaboration referencing the work of AURIN and a number of our partners across Australia.

To enable future research on SDGs AURIN continually identifies datasets relevant to SDG goals and make these available from our data catalogue.  Click on a Sustainable Development Goal below to be taken to our reposititory of data related to that goal: