1.9 Current debates and reforms
Since December 2021, the youth policy agendas have been the responsibility of the newly created State Secretariat for Youth (Staatssekräterin für Jugend), which is located in the Federal Chancellery.
As of January 2019, the youth (protection) laws were largely harmonised, but there are still 9 different laws, one for each Federal State.
The current debate is still centered around the adequate consideration of the needs of young people during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with regard to lockdown measures that have taken and still take a toll on young people (e.g. closing/opening of schools, universities, youth work spaces, and sports facilities; psychological support; curfews and reduction of open leisure activities; work and apprenticeship opportunities).