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Sydney Opera House and the Global Goals

Inspiring positive social and environmental change

Since it opened in 1973, the Sydney Opera House has promoted creativity, diversity, environmental sustainability, cultural rights and respect for heritage, on and off its stages. As Australia’s leading cultural institution, we have a critical role to play in using our cultural impact as a catalyst for change.

That’s why, in October 2019 we committed to the  United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with the release of our ReconciliationAccessibility and Environment community action plans. A to-do list for the world, the ‘Global Goals’ address some of the most pressing issues of our time, including poverty, inequality, climate, education and justice.

One year on from our commitment to the Global Goals, we’re reflecting on some of the Opera House initiatives we’ve made to drive positive change.

Thank you to our Global Goals Partners who help us work towards the Goals for a better future. 

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Oddysea Accessible


Our goal at the Sydney Opera House is to provide barrier-free access, making the site, building and the experiences they offer accessible to all people. We provide a range of access services and performances for people who are blind or have low vision, for people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment and for people with physical disabilities.

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Environmental Sustainability

As a source of inspiration, the Opera House aims to be a leader in environmental and social sustainability.


Reconciliation Action Plan

The Opera House’s Reconciliation Action Plan commits to a range of actions and initiatives that aim to safeguard these traditions and adapting cultures for future generations.