Statistics Council

The Statistics Council (§§ 44 to 47 Federal Statistics Act) of the Statistics Austria Federal Institute comprises 16 members, who are appointed by the Federal Chancellor for a term of office of five years (4 members) or delegated by 12 institutions (one member each). The members of the Statistics Council may not also be members of the Federal Institute management team or servants of the Federal Institute or members of the Economic Council. The Statistics Council imposes upon itself procedural rules (PDF 129 KB, available in German only), which must be approved by the Federal Chancellor. The Statistics Council holds meetings as required, and not less than once quarterly.

The Statistics Council has the followings tasks:

  • Provision of an annual report to satisfy principles in accordance with § 24 Austrian Federal Statistics Act by the Federal Institute to the Federal Chancellor, the Federal Ministers, the Economic Council and the management of the Federal Institute
  • Provision of opinions and recommendations regarding the programmes of work and budgets (the Statistics Council shall adjoin to its recommendations regarding the work programmes an appraisal of the anticipated supplementary or reduced costs associated therewith)
  • Provision of recommendations (for the organisation of administrative data for use for statistical purposes, for coordinating the Federal Ministries and the federal statistical organs in matters of federal and European Union statistics) and provision of opinions (relating to drafts of legal foundations at national and EU level that concern statistics) to the Federal Chancellor, the competent Federal Minister, the Economic Council and the management of the Federal Institute (the Statistics Council shall adjoin to its recommendations regarding the statistics an appraisal of the anticipated supplementary or reduced costs associated therewith)
  • Provision of an annual performance report to the Federal Chancellor, which must be submitted by the Federal Government to the National Assembly