Austria is making impressive strides in its digital economy and society. It ranks 11th in the Human Capital category of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), consistently surpassing the EU average in DESI indicators. Austria performs well in most areas, except for the percentage of enterprises providing ICT training. However, it excels in basic digital skills, content creation skills, and overall human capital.
To bolster digital skills, Austria conducted the Digital Skills Barometer survey, which revealed the need for improvement. The Austrian National Coalition, led by the Ministry of Finance and supported by fit4internet, is actively involved in digital re- and upskilling. State strategies like "Digital Austria" and "AIM AT 2030" prioritize digital responsibility, innovation, and AI development for societal benefit.
Austria's other initiatives include investing in digital education, expanding broadband coverage, promoting Quantum Computing research, and implementing reforms for basic digital competence in schools. Digital basic education is now compulsory for students in 5th to 8th grade. Furthermore, the "Digital Skills Offensive" aims to enhance digital skills across different domains by 2030 based on Austrian competence model for digital competences "DigiComp 2.3 AT".
Austria ranks 11th out of 27 EU Member States in the Human Capital dimension of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) with a score of 51.0.