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AES Adult Education Survey

AES stands for Adult Education Survey and is coordinated by the statistical office of the European Union (EUROSTAT). Statistics Austria is responsible for the national implementation.

The Adult Education Survey (AES) provides a broad overview of the education and learning activities of the Austrian resident population aged from 18 to 69 years. This includes formal education, non-formal education (for example: courses or workshops) and informal learning. Searching for information and guidance on educational activities as well as difficulties in participating in education are also parts of the survey.

The data collection takes place in Austria from October 2022 to March 2023.


The Adult Education Survey is an international European survey coordinated by the Statistical Office of the European Union (EUROSTAT). The AES is conducted in Austria and all member states of the European Union as well as in other countries in Europe in the years 2022 and 2023. National funding is provided by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research.  The legal foundations for the European Adult Education Survey 2022 (AES 2022) are the Regulation (EU) 2019/1700, the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2021/859 and the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/861.

How is the data protected?

The data collected during the survey is processed in accordance with the Federal Statistics Act and the Data Protection Act, which means that anonymization is carried out before data processing. Statistical statements refer to groups (for example: age, gender); it is not possible to trace information back to an individual person. Of course, data protection also includes the fact that data containing personal information may not be passed on to any other body.

Is the survey legally obligatory?

There is no legal obligation to participate in the survey. Participation in this survey is therefore voluntary. High participation of the respondents is very important for the data quality and ultimately for the statistical statements about adult education in Austria. For this reason, respondents also receive a small thank-you gift after completing the survey.


How is one selected for the survey?

The selection of persons aged from 18 to 69 years for the survey is purely random. For this purpose, addresses are drawn from the Central Population Register (ZMR). The selectedpersons are invited in written form (e.g. invitation letter) to participate. Only persons invited by Statistics Austria are allowed to participate in the survey.

What is the survey about?

In order to obtain a comprehensive picture of the educational activities of adults and lifelong learning in the Austrian population, the following topics are surveyed:

  • Formal education and training (school, apprenticeship, higher education, etc.)
  • Non-formal education and training (courses, lectures, seminars, private lessons, etc.)
  • Informal learning (conscious learning from friends, from books, etc.)
  • Information and guidance on education and training possibilities
  • Obstacles to participation in education and training Language skills, health
  • Socio-demographic characteristics (age, gender, education, professional status, etc.)

What do you get after participation?

As a thank you for your time, you will receive 10 Euros. You can choose between a shopping voucher or forwarding a donation to an Austrian nature conservation project.


All randomly selected individuals will receive a written invitation by mail to participate in the AES survey.


Have you received a letter for the personal AES?

The interviewer will contact you or you can make an appointment yourself by phone. Your responses are subject to privacy and statistical confidentiality. All necessary Covid-19 -protections will be followed.


Did you receive a letter with login information for the online AES?

Once you have received a letter with your access code, you are able to open your questionnaire via You will find the access code for  the online survey in the invitation letter for the survey.


What questions are asked in the AES?

Only digital questionnaires are used in the AES, as only a paperless questionnaire is necessary due to the survey methods (personal visit of a interviewer with a laptop orparticipation by an online questionnaire). The following questionnaire is therefore only to be understood as a template for the respective programming.

AES Survey2022/ Personal Survey Phone: +43 1 711 28-8338 Monday to Friday 9:00–15:00
AES Survey 2022/ Online Survey Phone: +43 1 711 28-8999 Monday to Friday 9:00–15:00
Last updated on 2023-04-26.
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