Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Country profiles - Austria: Policies and progress towards investing in children

This country profile has been developed by the European Platform for Investing in Children. The country profile aims to include an overview of the key structures, sources of information, and data indicators around child and family policy in Austria.

Please note that all information and links were correct at the date of upload (19 June 2020).  

Key sources of information

Key public authorities

Bundeslaender Familienreferate (Department for Families)

Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Familie und Jugend (Federal Ministry of Labour, Family and Youth)

Bundesministerium Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung (Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research)

Bundesministerium für Soziales, Gesundheit, Pflege und Konsumentenschutz (Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection)

Ombudsperson (relating to children)

Ombudsmann für Kinder und Jugendliche (Ombudsman for Children and Young People)

Ombudsstelle für Schulen (Ombuds office for schools)

Relevant strategies

Austria has a number of strategies relevant to child and family policy, including:

In addition, Austria has a number of relevant practices that are designed to help children and families facing poverty. These include:

Austria also has a number of projects and programmes that help children with a migrant background:

2019 developments in child and family policy in Austria

Recent EPIC news items from Austria include:

EPIC produces an annual thematic report each year, which summarises new policy developments in child and family policy in all EU Member States.

EPIC also publishes regular policy memos provide overviews of key topics within child wellbeing and development.

2019 Country-Specific Recommendations in child and family policy

The 2019 Country-Specific Recommendation suggested that Austria needs to focus on the improvement of childcare services in order to facilitate full-time employment for women:

“Shift taxes away from labour to sources more supportive for inclusive and sustainable growth. Support full-time employment among women, including by improving childcare services, and boost labour market outcomes for the low skilled, in cooperation with the social partners. Raise the levels of basic skills for disadvantaged groups, including people with a migrant background.”

The 2020 European Semester Country Report for Austria may be accessed online.

Innovative and evidence-based practices operating in Austria

EPIC maintains a list of innovative and evidence-based practices operating across the EU Member States. A number of these practices are operating in Austria:

For other practices ongoing in Austria, please visit EPIC’s evidence-based practices, socially innovative practices and user registry practices.

Key Eurostat indicators (Eurostat data extracted on 14/05/2020)

Percentage of children under 16 at risk of poverty or social exclusion (2018)

Eurostat source: [ilc_peps01]


Percentage of children aged between 0 and 3 in formal ECEC (2018)

Eurostat source: [ilc_caindformal]

12.9% (part-time) and 7.1% (full-time)

Percentage of children aged between 3 and compulsory school age in formal ECEC (2018)

Eurostat source: [ilc_caindformal]

54.8% (part-time) and 29.6% (full-time)

Percentage of parents with children under 6 who are employed (2019)

Eurostat source: [lfst_hheredch]

91.4% (fathers) and 71.3% (mothers)

Percentage of children with parents who are citizens of foreign countries who are at risk of poverty (2018)

Eurostat source: [ilc_li33]


Percentage of children under 6 suffering from severe housing deprivation (2018)

Eurostat source: [ilc_mdho06a]



Other sources of information*

Information on key features of the education system in Austria

Eurydice (Section 4)

Information on family leave arrangements in Austria


Leave Network

Information on children in institutional care in Austria

Opening Doors

Other stakeholders

Nationales Zentrum Frühe-Hilfen (National centre for early-help in pregnancy and early childhood)

Caritas Austria

*The hyperlinks below link to external websites, for which the European Commission has no responsibility.

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