Government Budget 50% open


What data is expected?

National government budget at a high level, that is the planned government expenditure for the upcoming year, and not the actual expenditure. Open budget data allows for well-informed publics: showing where money is spent on, how public funds develop over time, and why certain activities are funded. We recommend that you consult our methodology section for more information.

  • Budget per government department
  • Budget per sub-department
  • Descriptions for budget sections

How open is the data?

Data Usability Beta

The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 1

Data Location

  • - Federal Ministry of Finance website
  • - Austrian Parliament website, section on budget analysis
  • All answers

    Question Answer Comment
    Openly licenced No The Austrian Copyright Law states that official decisions and releases are in the public domain (§7, However, it is not clear if all budget related documents would be covered by this provision. The Ministry of Finance's website carries a copyright mark and specifies that republication of its content is permitted for non-commercial purposes only (
    Downloadable at once No Detailed budget documents and the most detailed budget data are only available in PDF files for each federal ministry/entity, these are a total of at least 58 seperate PDF files. Various tables relating to the budget, containing higher-level data (such as the budget for departments but not for sub-departments – at least I couldn't find it) are available for download in XLSX format
    Up-to-date Yes Data is updated annually, in early December 2016, the data for 2017 was available
    Publicly available Yes
    Available free of charge Yes Information is freely available, no payment, registration or login required
    In an open and machine-readable format PDF only, some less granular data is available in XLSX
    findable 4 The Ministry of Finance has a prominent link to the "Budget" section in the main navigation menu on its frontpage
    findable_steps Went to the Website of the Ministry of Finance, there is a prominent link to "Budget" in the main navigation menu on the homepage, go to the section "Das Budget" ("the budget") then click on "Budgetentwurf 2017" (draft budget 2017). Second route: Googled: Budget Österreich 2017, the top four non-paid results were the website of the Ministry of Finance.
    Collected by government Yes
    usability 1 Effort is required for use of XLSX-Data, because tables provided in dozens of different worksheets. Extensive effort is provided to free data from PDF reports.
    collector_name Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance The Ministry of Finance (BMF) creates, manages and releases budget documents and submits documents related to the draft budget to the Austrian Parliament, which also has a team analyzing budget related issues (
    characteristics Budget per government department, Budget per sub-department, Descriptions for budget sections Detailed PDF reports for each Ministry and Federal entity are available at However, there is no project-based budgeting, budget lines remain fairly general.
    location - Federal Ministry of Finance website, - Austrian Parliament website, section on budget analysis The Ministry of Finance website is the primary source for data, the Parliament provides additional analysis on budgetary issues


    No budget data is released on by the Federal Ministry of Finance on the Austrian open government data portal, ( Some regional governments and cities do release budget data as open data (

    Reviewer comments

    Accept: I agree with the assesment of the reviewer that the budget data - in machine readable format - is not sufficiently made available. Only overview tables and the budget law in PDF, and that does not suffice as an Open Data Set.

    Meta data

    Date the data became available   Unknown
    Format of data   Unknown
    Reviewer   Anna Alberts
    Submitters   Mathias Huter
    Last modified   Wed Nov 30 2016 11:00:39 GMT+0000 (UTC)