Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2023)
9.0 milion
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2015)
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2015)
Organization-based (ILO, 2015)

Volunteer statistics (ILO)*

Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit


Total volunteering by type

Total volunteering by age group

Total volunteering by gender

Direct volunteering by gender

Organization-based volunteering by gender

Measurement work

Data source

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
    • Time Use Survey
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
    • Social Survey
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022
  • 2023
  • 2024

Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

Federal Volunteer Act
Year 2012
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Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

No data

Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?


VNR Reporting

Austria and the 2030 Agenda Voluntary National Review

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 19

In all areas, the active involvement of all actors at all levels is crucial in the implementation of the SDGs. Austria has a long tradition of voluntary engagement. Forty-six percent of the population aged 15 and older are engaged in voluntary activities domestically and abroad. Promoting voluntary engagement in Austria is considered vital because the country owes its high degree of social cohesion and mutual support to the great commitment of civil society. Since the adoption of the Law on the Promotion of Voluntary Engagement in 2012, assistance measures have been continually taken within the framework of the Austrian Voluntary Council.

Paragraph 2, page 103

It is essential that all actors at all levels be involved in the implementation of the SDGs in Austria. Civil society has a special role in this context. People in Austria are traditionally heavily engaged in NGOs and associations focusing on topics like environmental protection, education, social issues, and health and disaster management. Organisations of this type are vital to the implementation of the SDGs. The Federal Government will therefore continue special support to ensure that conditions conducive to engagement by volunteers and civil society are in place.

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