Promoting prosperity while protecting the planet

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were developed as a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. Newcastle is a United Nations City, with the University of Newcastle being home to Australia's only United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and accredited International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL institute).

SDG wheel

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No poverty Zero hunger Good health and well-being Quality education Gender Equality Clean water and sanitation Affordable and clean energy Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure Reduced inequalities Sustainable cities and communities Responsible consumption and production Climate action Life below water Life on land Peace, justice and strong instituions Partnerships for the goals



Our students, alumni, researchers, stakeholders and staff have all been united in their vision to see the University address environmental and social sustainability as a guiding principle of our activities. This vision has shaped and guided our core value of sustainability, which is at the heart of our strategic plan.

SDG Reporting and policies

Annual reports

Reports on Equitable Access to Education

The below reports reflect live data reflecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, Gender and Socio-Economic status.

Undergraduate Equity Data - Admission, Enrolment and Retention
Proportions of Applicants, Offers, Acceptances and Enrolments

Completion Rates by Gender
Department of Education, Skills and Employment - report on Completions rates of Higher Education Students.

Policy Library

Policy Library

Policy Library is the authoritative source for the University’s policy documents including rules, policies, guidelines, schedule, procedures and associated information (codes of practice, legislation, website links, forms and other documents).

Research, Teaching and Partnerships for Sustainability

Research, Teaching and Partnerships for Sustainability

The United Nations encourage everyone to come together, governments, civil society, scientists, academia and the private sector, to achieve the sustainable development goals.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.