Statistics Austria is an independent and non-profit making federal institution under public law. The current institutional arrangement goes back to the year 2000, when the former Austrian Central Statistical Office was outsourced from government services by the Federal Statistics Act.
The Federal Statistics Act of 2000 defines federal statistics as a (non-personal) information system of the federal government providing information on the demographic, ecological, economic, and social situation in Austria. This information enables evidence-based policy making by administrative bodies as well as evaluation of these measures. Similarly, the facts and data are an important contribution to the public debate. They are used by businesses and are the basis for empirical research conducted by the scientific community. Federal statistics comprises the compilation of statistical results in all areas mentioned as well as associated analyses and forecasts, and the application of statistical methods and models. The statistical products of Statistics Austria are decreed by international legal acts of the European Union, by federal laws, and by regulations.
In the performance of its duties, Statistics Austria must observe a number of principles in the interest of its clients, other users and respondents. The most important are:
- to maintain objectivity and impartiality in the compilation of statistics;
- to apply statistical methods and procedures according to internationally accepted scientific principles and standards and to disclose them;
- to continuously control quality improvements;
- to maintain a high degree of timeliness;
- to endeavour to keep the burden to relevant persons and business enterprises as low as possible and to supply the providers of statistical data with sufficient information;
- to publish statistics and their underlying concepts, definitions and explanations immediately; main results have to be published via the Internet free of charge;
- to protect confidential data.
Statistics Austria strives to be a modern, high-quality information centre for society, science, economy, politics and administration. A significant factor to achieve this is the production and communication of relevant "facts of life". Data information is provided in an easily accessible and comprehensible manner for further processing, following scientific principles and using various communication channels.
Under this guiding principle, Statistics Austria is committed to fulfil the highest requirements in the areas of customer orientation, product quality, staff orientation, reducing respondents´ burden, data protection, and efficiency.
As provided for by the Federal Statistics Act, Statistics Austria has two managing directors: one for the area of statistics and one for the area of financial affairs.
Mr Tobias Thomas has been appointed Director General-Statistics as of 1 June 2020.
Ms Gabriela Petrovic has been reappointed as Director General-Finance as of 1 June 2020.
Statistics Austria is headed by the two Director Generals, Tobias Thomas, Director General - Statistics and Gabriela Petrovic, Director General - Finance.
There are two supervisory boards - the Statistics Council and the Economic Council - as well as an Economic Curia, an advisory body in statistical subject-matter questions.
Statistics Austria currently employs about 790 permanent staff. The office is organised into four main statistical directorates and additional supporting units.
Statistics Austria organisation chart (updated June 2020)
Phone: +43 1 711 28-7070
Fax: +43 1 715 68 28
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