Austria (Republic of Austria) has a Bicameral parliament with the use of voluntary party quotas. 72 of 183 (39%) seats in the Nationalrat / National Council are held by women.
At a glance
Structure of Parliament: Bicameral
Are there legislated quotas...
- For the Single/Lower House? No
- For the Upper House? No
- For the Sub-National Level? No
Are there voluntary quotas...
- Adopted by political parties? Yes
Is there additional information?...
Last updated: Apr 3, 2020
Bundesrat / Federal Council
|Electoral System||Indirectly elected / appointed|
|Quota Type||No legislated>|
|Election details||IPU Parline|
|Quota type: No legislated||Constitution|
|Legal sanctions for non-compliance||No data available|
|Rank order/placement rules||No data available|
Voluntary Political Party Quotas*
|Party||Official name||Details, Quota provisions|
|The Greens-Green Alternative||Die Grünen-Die Grünen Alternativen [GA]||GA has a 50 per cent quota for women on party lists (1993).|
|Austrian People's party||Österreichische Volkspartei [ÖVP]||ÖVP has a 33.3 per cent quota for women on party lists (1995).|
|Social Democratic Party of Austria||Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs [SPÖ]||SPÖ has a 40 per cent quota for women on party lists (1985).|
* Only political parties represented in parliament are included. When a country has legislated quotas in place, only political parties that have voluntary quotas that exceed the percentage/number of the national quota legislation are presented in this table.
Gender quotas are not manifested in Austrian law, however a number of political parties have internal policies on gender quotas. The Socialist Party (SPÖ) were the first ones to adopt a 25 per cent women’s quota for national elections candidacies in 1985, which in 1993 rose to 40 %.
The Greens adopted a 50-50 % split between women and men in 1990, and in 1995 the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) adopted a quota where women are to make up at least a third, 33,3 %. There are also parties who are ideologically opposed to gender quotas, there among The Freedom Party (FPÖ).
The 2017 parliamentary elections saw a slight increase of the previous number of women, increasing with 1,1%.
- Rosenberger, S. K. 1998. Politics, Gender, and Equality. Günter Bischof, Anton Pelinka, Erika Thurner (ed.) Women in Austria, Volume 6. Taylor & Francis
- IPU - Women in Parliament in 2017: The Year in Review
- OSCE/ODIR Election Assessment Mission Final Report
- Köpl, R. 2005. ‘Gendering political representation: debates and controversies in Austria’, in Lovenduski, J. et al (eds) State Feminism and Political Representation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 20-40.
- Caul, Miki. 2001. ‘Political Parties and the Adoption of Candidate Gender Quotas: A Cross National analysis’. Journal of Politics. 63(4) pp. 1214-1229.
- Steininger, Barbara. 2000. ‘Representation of Women in the Austrian Political System 1945-1998: From a Token Female Politician Towards an Equal Ratio?’ Women and Politics. 21, (2). pp. 81-106.
- Inter-Parliamentary Union. 1997. Participation of Women in Political Life. Geneva: Inter-Parliamentary Union.
- Austrian Parliament website, www.parlament.gv.at