1.7 Funding youth policy
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There is a specific budget dedicated to the joint competences of family and youth, which were recently passed from the former Ministry of Labour, Family and Youth to the Federal Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt).
A graphical abstract of the overall federal budget 2022 (Budget Report 2022) is provided by the Federal Ministry on Finances. Resorts define their own targets and aims. The Federal Chancellery provides an overview of all youth relevant aims(Wirkungsziele).
The Parliament provides a visual general overview over the total budget (in German), in which number 25 marks the funding available to the Federal Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt) for the agenda 'family and youth'. According to the parliamentary breakdown analysis of the draft federal budget 2022, 'the draft Federal Budget 2022 provides for disbursements totalling EUR 7.69 billion for UG 25-Family and Youth. In comparison to the BVA 2021, this means an increase of EUR 52 million or 0.7% for 2022. Expenditures in the results budget show a similar development.
As for 2021 and 2022, the funding focus (Förderschwerpunkt) is placed on
- Competences and Qualifications
- Digitalization/Media Competences/E-Youthwork
- Generational Dialogue
Ongoing and planned measures and reforms
- Measures supporting a better reconciliation of family and work. The compatibility of family and work is to be improved by an increased use of modern management tools (e.g. work and family certification), awareness-raising measures and the comprehensive, qualitative expansion of a demand-oriented child education and childcare services.
- Expansion of anonymous and free low-threshold counselling services for families.
- Promotion of parenting education, violence prevention, and support projects for young people and parents in divorce and family mediation.
- Implementation of youth policy as a cross-cutting issue (implementation and further development of the Austrian Youth Strategy, implementation of the EU Youth Strategy and the EU programmes European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus+: Youth in Action).
- Expansion of the range of digital textbooks within the framework of the free textbook campaign by implementing a price structure for e-books. Provision of the necessary textbooks by adjusting the regular textbook limits.
COVID-19 special funding focus
To overcome the COVID-19 crisis and to support the economic recovery, a number of family policy measures were implemented and funded with the budget of UG 25-Family and Youth. These included, among others, a one-off payment for families (child bonus), the aid and compensation payments under the Corona family hardship compensation scheme, the suspension of the obligation to provide proof of performance for family allowance for students and schoolchildren until March 2021, the increase of the income limit for the additional income option for family allowance from EUR 10,000 to EUR EUR 15,000, easier access to advances on maintenance payments, and the special care time, where the federal government takes over part of the remuneration. From 2022 onwards, no further payments for support measures have been budgeted.
The funding focus for 2017/2018 was on
- Diversity - Integration - Inclusion
- Generational Dialogue
The funding focus for 2015/2016 was on
- Career start
- Digitalisation/media competence
- Peaceful coexistence
The budget against long-term unemployment among young people
According to the Youth and Work report, the federal government had a budget of €920 000 000 available to spend on labour market policy for young people in 2019.
Of this, a sum of €579 000 000 was used in the form of subsidies and benefits distributed via the Public Employment Service (AMS).
€230 000 000 were used to promote apprenticeships in companies.
€111 000 000 were available for corresponding programmes run by the Ministry of Social Affairs.
An additional sum of €53 000 000 was available for further extensions of the offers included in „AusBildung bis 18" in 2019. As for the implementation of these developments in 2020, approximately €57 000 000 were available.
Continuous quality assurance (Qualitätssicherung)
The Federal Youth Funding Act (Bundesjugendförderungsgesetz, B-JFG) stipulates that basic funding is only to be granted to those youth organisations that - in addition to a number of other conditions - carry out continuous quality assurance of their work according to section 6 paragraph 1 line 6 B-JFG or according to section 13 paragraph 4 of the guidelines of the B-JFG. With regard to this and to the fundamental necessity of quality assurance in youth work in associations, a number of measures and activities have been taken in recent yearsto find methods and standards. Self-evaluation has been determined as the central method.
The Federal Ministry of Family and Youth itself did not use any EU-funds.
The evaluation of youth in action 2014-2020 was performed by the RAY network.
EU Youth Dialogue: national co-financing by the Federal Chancellery.
European Social Fund in Austria
In Austria, the European Social Fund (Europäischer Sozialfonds) provided a budget of approximately €876 000 000 for the period 2014-2020. The priorities of the funding are laid down in the Operational Programme for Employment.
The Federal Ministry for Labour is responsible for the overall coordination of the ESF in Austria.