Case Studies

Austria – Embedding Gender Equality into a Performance Budgeting Framework

Tags: Wellbeing Policy Design

Austria has integrated gender equality goals within its Performance Budgeting Framework, which it uses to assess new budget proposals.
Austria’s Parliamentary Budget Office was established in 2012 to analyse budget materials according to gender (assessing the quality of information provided and gender disaggregation, the ambition of objectives, the suitability of relevant indicators, and levels of coordination between ministries) and then offer proposals for improvements. An expert panel looks at 30 relevant indicators and appraises performance.
Austria’s Court of Audit also looks at gender issues in its performance audit. Under the Federal Budget Law 2013, objectives for programming from each ministry must include at least one objective related to gender equality, as must the global budgets and detailed budgets.

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