Responsibilities of the Government
The Government comprises the Federal Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor and the Ministers. Some Ministers are supported in their work by State Secretaries, who are, however, not members of the Government. Along with the Federal President, the Federal Government heads the federal administration, i. e. it is responsible for matters that affect the whole of Austria, such as education, police, defence and economic policy.
When it takes office, the Federal Government presents a government programme, which it will endeavour to implement during its term of office. Many of the projected measures require legislation, and the Government needs to cooperate closely with the National and Federal Councils in implementing them. Passing laws is the task of Parliament, not the Government. So the Federal Government needs majorities in the National Council who support them and vote for them, possibly with amendments.