Development of Gender Budgeting initiatives
Aims and objectives
Implementing Gender Mainstreaming within the federal budegting processes
Results and impact
A federal budget reform entered into force on the 1st of January 2013 and contains as an important element addressing the issue of impact assessment performance. This means that the actions of public administration are no longer exclusively based on the available resources (i.e. inputs), but rather on desired outcomes and the outputs required of public administrative bodies in order to achieve such outcomes.
As of 2013, Austria’s Federal Constitution (Article 51 para 8 B-VG/Federal Constitutional Act) provides for outcome orientation as a principle of budgetary management, with particular regard to the objective of achieving de facto equality between women and men. Every ministry is obliged to link its budgeting to the definition of effect targets – including a gender equality target – and to specify measures for pursuing these impact targets, among them a gender equality measure.