Current members Federal Ministry of Education, Dpt. II/5 Adult Education

Federal Ministry of Education, Dpt. II/5 Adult Education

Bundesministerium für Bildung (BMB), Abt. II/5 Erwachsenenbildung


Contact information

Official coordinator in the Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs:

Operational and active contributors in EBSN:


The Federal Ministry of Education, Dpt. II/5 Adult Education, is responsible for AL policies and initiatives in Austria. The department coordinates all initiatives concerning basic skills development.

This includes (or included) the following main activities:

  • Funding of AL programs
  • Implementation of a national program for basic skills, the so-called “initiative for adult education” (Initiative Erwachsenenbildung, since 2012). This program is based on a cooperation of the ministry of education and the nine Austrian provinces and offers courses for people lacking (a) basic skills or (b) a lower secondary certificate. Training requirements for teaching staff are part of the program.
  • Coordination and exchange of AE providers of basic skills (“Plattform Basisbildung”)
  • Development of a framework curriculum for teacher’s training in basic skills together with BS experts (2013)
  • Coordination of ESF-funded projects regarding basic skills provision and development, including several “train-the-trainer”-projects starting in 2015
  • Provision of a central web platform for adult education in Austria since 2005 (

For EBSN, the Ministry of Education (Mrs Rosc) cooperates with three basic skills experts (Mrs Aschemann, Mrs Kastner and Mrs Schörgenhofer) who are in charge of active contribution to EBSN.

National / international impact