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Austria’s administration apparatus is divided by competences between federal and provincial administration. Legal remedies against decisions in matters of federal administration fall under the jurisdiction of the Federal Administrative Court.

The Court
  • The Federal Administrative Court is responsible for complaints against decisions by public authorities in matters of direct federal administration.
  • These matters are in summary: Asylum and foreign matters, personal rights and education (e.g. data protection), social affairs (e.g. unemployment pay), commerce, communication, transport and environment (e.g. measurement of a land plot).
  • Matters in financial law are also such of federal administration but a separate court is in competence here, the Federal Finance Court.

  • The Federal Administrative Court currently consists of 220 judges and is seated in Vienna.

  • Next to the federal administration with the Federal Administrative Court there is the provincial administration with nine Provincial Administrative Courts (one for each state).
  • These nine courts are responsible for all matters that are not explicitly in the hands of the federal administration. We call that a general clause in favour of the federal states (“Generalklausel zugunsten der Länder”).

The Database
  • Some specially selected decisions are published directly on the court’s website, with a hyperlink to the RIS database.
  • In the RIS database all decisions of the Federal Administrative Court since its beginning in 2014 are available.
  • The database provides additional information like the date of the decision, concerned law, the ECLI and keywords for an efficient search.

Available Formats
  • All documents are available in PDF-, html- and Word-format for print and download.
  • The documents are only available in German.

Sources:  BVwG, oesterreich.gv.at, RIS

Information status as of 20.04.2023

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