Universities Austria is a non-profit association under private law. Its purpose is to assist the Austrian universities in the fulfilment of their tasks and responsibilities and thus to foster scholarship and research.
Universities Austria handles the internal coordination of the 22 public Austrian universities, it represents them in national and international organisations and is the public voice of the universities. Furthermore, Universities Austria provides administrative and organisational support to the National University Federation (Dachverband der Universitäten).
Universities Austria is funded through membership fees, paid by the universities. The fees are graded according to the size of the institutions.