Because there was a need of communication and a need to get to know the other archivists and their concrete ecclesiastical – diocese field of work, a meeting took place in 1975 in St. Pölten. At this meeting it was decided to establish a Working Consortium of the Austrian diocesan archives.
One year later, on the 11th of May 1976, the Working Consortium, which already was approved by the Austrian bishops in their Fall Conference in 1975, was constituted.
The tasks of the Working Consortium (taking measures to support the ecclesiastical archives and the laying down of common standards) as well as the form of organization were established by statute in 1982. In the revised version of 2001 it was decided that a representative of the archives of the Bishops’ Conference and of the Military Diocese should also be part of the Working Consortium.
There also were legistical initiatives, for example, rules how to use the diocese and parish archives were fixed in 1978. These rules were supplemented in 1984 because of the new civil status rules from 1983. The statute of the diocese archives was worked out in 1985/ 86 and certified by the Austrian Bishops’ Conference in 1987. The statute says that the diocese archives are archives for all departments and institutions of the diocese curia as well as being an institute with administrational, archivistical and historic-scientifical tasks.
The ecclesiastical archive law (“order of the protection and usage of the archives of the Catholic Church” in Austria) made it possible to work out a common basis for the ecclesiastical administration of the archives, which was resolved by the Austrian Bishops’ Conference in 1997 and then came into force by the diocese bishops.
Information events take place regularly for the persons responsible for the parish archives. Since 1996 study days to discuss current questions are offered to guarantee further education.