Country Profile: Republic of Austria

NATIONAL

GOVERNEMENT

Federal government : www.bka.gv.at
ADMINISTRATION The public sector in Austria is managed by the Austrian Federal Minister for Women and Civil Service within the Austrian Federal Chancellery. www.bka.gv.at/site/3490/default.aspxFederal Academy of Public Administration: www.bka.gv.at/site/3493/default.aspx

PARLIAMENT

www.parlament.gv.at

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS

Austria is a federal republic consisting of municipalities (Gemeinden), districts (Bezirke), Statutory cities (Statutarstädten) and regions (Länder).
ADMINISTRATIVE
DIVISIONS
LEVEL 1

9 regions (Länder): The region has its own constitution and exercising legislative authority in matters not reserved to the federal legislature. The regional parliament is composed of members elected by direct universal suffrage. It elects the regional governor and his government. Parliament has legislative powers shared with the national parliament and exclusive jurisdiction. The regional government is the collegial executive. It is headed by a governor elected by the parliament.

ADMINISTRATIVE
DIVISIONS
LEVEL 2
The district (Bezirk) joins together a group of municipalities, in a second-level subdivision within each state (Land) in the Federal Republic of Austria. The administrative office of a district, the Bezirkshauptmannschaft is headed by the Bezirkshauptmann. The districts are in charge of the administration of all matters of federal and state administrative law and subject to orders from the higher instances, usually the Landeshauptmann (governor) in matters of federal law and the Landesregierung (state government) in state law. Thus, the district is the basic unit of general administration in Austria.Officials on the district level are not elected but appointed by the state government.There are also independent cities in Austria. They are called Statutarstadt in Austrian administrative law. These cities are not part of any district and the city administration covers all matters usually a district administration would do.

Usually, an independent city is home to a district administration which is responsible for the surrounding area of the respective city. For example, Innsbruck is an independent city surrounded by the district “Innsbruck-Land” of which the district administration is situated in the city of Innsbruck.

Vienna, which is both a state and a Statutarstadt, is further subdivided into districts, which are divisions used for local administration by the city government.

ADMINISTRATIVE
DIVISIONS
LEVEL 3

309 communes and 65 municipalities : The Council is the legislative body of the commune or municipality. Its members are elected by direct universal suffrage. The President elected of the commune or municipality represents the executive body.

ASSOCIATIONS OF
TERRITORIAL
COMMUNITIES

UNIVERSITIES

Federal Academy of Public Administration: www.bka.gv.at/site/3493/default.aspx

RESEARCH CENTRES

  • KDZ – Centre for Public Administration Research : www.kdz.eu ; Contact : institut@kdz.or.at
  • Austrian Administration Academic Society / Österreichische Verwaltungswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft : www.oevg.info/

ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES
JOURNALS

ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCES
ASSOCIATIONS

Centre for Public Reform : Association established at the Institute for Public Law, Finance Law and Political Science of the University of Innsbruck : www.cpr.uibk.org ; Contact : Norbert.Wimmer@uibk.ac.at

CONTACT MEMBER STATE

Austrian Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt)

CONTACT SECTION
NATIONALE

Austrian Administration Academic Society  / Österreichische Verwaltungswissenschaftliche Gesellschaft : www.oevg.info/

CONTACT EGPA

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