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EACEA National Policies Platform


1. Youth Policy Governance

1.1 Target population of youth policy

Last update: 28 January 2022

There is no common definition of youth (Jugendbegriff) in Austria. Some youth protection laws (Jugendschutzgesetze) define the age range for youth from 14-18 years.

The main focus of the Austrian Youth Strategy(Österreichische Jugendstrategie) is on the 14 to 24 years old age group, though the youth strategy extends further to encompass young people under 30 years of age. Its main concerns are to ensure the well-being of young people and to provide them with opportunities for the future by pooling knowledge and optimising measures in the field of youth policy.

The regulation on the assessment of impacts on young people (Verordnung über die Abschätzung der Auswirkungen auf junge Menschen) of regulatory and other projects defines 'children' as people who have not yet reached the age of 18 and 'young adults' as all people who have reached the age of eighteen but not 30. This definition of young adults is also upheld in the Federal Youth Representation Act (Bundes-Jugendvertretungsgesetz) and the Federal Youth Promotion Act (Bundes-Jugendförderungsgesetz).

Thus, every person up to the age of 30 in some form legally belongs to the defined range of youth (or 'children and young adults'). The main target group of the Austrian Youth Strategy (Österreichische Jugendstrategie) is the group of 14 to 24 year olds. Several youth related laws and strategies explicitly define age ranges they apply to.