Sustainable Development Goals

Be a part of the volunteering movement leading global change through the UN Sustainable Development Goals


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In 2015, 193 countries including Australia, adopted and committed to advancing a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of achieving a new universal sustainable development agenda by 2030. The global goals are universal, inclusive and signal a bold commitment to people and the planet.

The 2030 agenda for sustainable development lists 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and recognises that volunteerism is one of only a few initiatives that extends across all 17 Goals.

United Nations Volunteers states that, “Volunteerism strengthens civic engagement, safeguards social inclusion, deepens solidarity and solidifies ownership of development results.”

Through sector consultation, surveys and workshops Volunteering Queensland, together with the network of other Australian national, state and territory volunteering peak bodies, has begun developing a Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals Guide and would like to invite you to be a part of this development.

The Guide will provide practical direction on how volunteer-involving organisations can accelerate, measure and record the progress and contribution of their volunteering programs against the SDGs.

The Guide will explore the value to volunteering of raising awareness of, measuring contribution against and using the SDGs, particularly in inspiring action at the grassroots level for planning and advancing volunteering as a significant contributor to sustainable development in Australia. It will provide practical assistance to volunteer-involving organisations and will help them to align their work against the goals as leverage for additional support, building capacity, more diverse volunteer recruitment, and raising awareness of volunteering as a powerful movement and essential contributor to our state’s and nation’s prosperity.

Join Volunteering Queensland and Dr Peter Devereux, Research Fellow at Curtin University and formally of United Nations Volunteers, to learn more about the SDGs, explore ways your work contributes to the achievement of Goals, and to be a part of the volunteering movement that is transforming our world and championing the change that is needed.

Meet the expert presenter

Dr Peter Devereux, Curtin University

Dr Peter Devereux is Adjunct Research Fellow at Curtin University and Honorary Research Associate at Murdoch University. Peter is currently working with Volunteering Australia and State and Territory Volunteering Peak bodies to develop a guide on volunteering and the universal Sustainable Development Goals. Peter has focused on volunteering for development and sustainability policy, research and practice for 30 years. Previously he worked on Volunteering and SDGs research in Myanmar; in Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute; UN Volunteers HQ; Murdoch University School of Sustainability; as environmental adviser in Nicaragua, UN volunteer in Fiji, and manager of Australian Volunteer International’s Perth office.

Please complete a short pre-event survey

Your feedback at this event and through the pre-event survey will shape the Guide by ensuring it draws on local knowledge and examples, is user friendly, and meets the needs of Queensland volunteers and the organisations that involve them.

Please complete this survey by Wednesday 16 May 2018 (before you attend the event), as this will help inform discussion at the breakfast presentation and workshop:


Wednesday 23 May 2018


7:15am for 7:30am – 8:45am

Event 1: Breakfast SDG presentation

Learn how volunteer-involving organisations contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals at individual, local, state, national and global levels


9am – 10:30am

Event 2: Interactive SDG workshop

Share your experience, explore case studies and examples and test some of the proposed tools for mapping volunteering against the Sustainable Development Goals



Level 25, Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane City Qld 4000

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Both events are complimentary and presented as a part of our 2018 National Volunteer Week celebrations


Who should attend?

This event is open to all volunteer-involving organisations, volunteers, and businesses, government agencies and community organisations with an interest in volunteering and the SDGs.


National Volunteer Week is proudly supported by the Queensland Government