Accessibility declaration

Accessibility declaration
The Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF) strives to make its websites accessible in accordance with the Web Accessibility Act (WZG) as amended to implement Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2016 on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies (Official Journal of the European Union L 327 of 2.12.2016, p. 1. This accessibility declaration applies to the Federal Legal Information System (RIS) https://ris.bka.gv.at/.

Current status of compliance with the requirements
The RIS is partially compliant with conformance level AA of the "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Web - WCAG 2.1" due to the following incompatibilities and exceptions – WCAG 2.1".

Non-accessible content

a) Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Search results dynamically appear on the same page where the search was initiated. This means, for instance, that the page header and its position indicator remain unchanged. We are aware of following problems: after the search has been launched, the keyboard focus is not in the same area as the search results. Screen reader users do not receive any information about changed content on the website viewed. Accessing the search results directly with keyboard is not a straightforward task. The jump label link to the content (access key 1) cannot, for instance, be used (WCAG 2.4.1 skip blocks). In the page navigation, when scrolling between the search results pages, the links on the last and on the first page cannot be zoomed-in via keyboard (tab key) (WCAG 2.4.1 keyboard and 2.4.3 focus order). We are working on resolving these issues. The “submenu” can be reached directly via the jump label link “to submenu”, but the page area itself is erroneously labeled as “sub-navigation”. The jump label links to the page areas “content”, “main menu”, “submenu” and “search” are not completely available in the older versions of the browser Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11). Hence the WCAG success criterion 2.4.1 (bypassing blocks) is not fulfilled if you are using IE 11. The resolution of the issue has been commissioned.

b) The content does not fall within the scope of the applicable legislation
Many, predominantly older PDF documents are not accessible. For example, PDF documents are not tagged, meaning that they cannot be satisfactorily understood and used by screen-reader users. This means, that the WCAG success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role, value) is not met. Third party content, such as forms from other organizations which are not within the remit of the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF), are excluded from Directive (EU) 2016/2102. We cannot comment on content from third parties with regard to compliance with accessibility regulations.

No comprehensive change is currently planned for other older non-accessible documents that are still exempt from Directive (EU) 2016/2102.

Preparation of this accessibility statement
This declaration was prepared on September 1st 2020.

The assessment of the website's compliance with the WZG to implement the requirements of Directive (EU) 2016/2102 was carried out in the form of a self-examination in accordance with WCAG 2.0 at conformance level AA.

Feedback and contact details
The offers and services on this website are constantly being improved, exchanged and expanded. Usability and accessibility are very important to us. If you notice any barriers that prevent you from using our website - problems that are not mentioned in this statement, deficiencies in the compliance with accessibility requirements - please let us know by e-mail.

We will review your request and contact you as soon as possible. Kindly forward all accessibility inquiries and suggestions to us ris.it@bmf.gv.at.

Please include a desription of the problem and provide us with the URL(s) of the relevant website or document.

Contact details
Federal Ministry of Finance
Abt. V/B/6
E-Mail: ris.it@bmf.gv.at

Enforcement procedure
Should you be dissatisfied with our response to your inquiry and/or the answers provided, you may lodge a complaint with the Austrian Research Promotion Agency - FFG (Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft). The FFG accepts electronic complaints through its contact form.

Contact Form for complaints concerning digital accessibility

Complaints received are examined by the FFG to determine whether there are violations of the provisions stipulated in the Web Accessibility Act (Web-Zugänglichkeits-Gesetz), especially deficiencies in compliance with the accessibility requirements by a body of the federal government or a public institution related to the federal government.

Further information on the complaints procedure