Introduction

The Legal Information System of the Republic of Austria (RIS) is a computer-assisted information system on Austrian law, which is coordinated and operated by the Austrian Federal Chancellery. The RIS starts 1983 when the essential features of the system were designed. After federal legislation had been incorporated, the inclusion of the court decisions was started.

In June 1997, the Federal Chancellery decided to make the RIS, which previously had been accessible only to the public administration, available on the Internet free of charge.

No liability is accepted for the correctness and completeness of the Legal Information System. Only the text of the regulations promulgated in the federal, state or other gazettes (printed version) are relevant apart from the legally binding Austrian Federal Law Gazette, which is electronicly published in the Austrian Legal Information System (since 2004) and the State Law Gazette of Carinthia, Styria, Tyrol and Vienna (since 2014) and of Burgenland, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg and Vorarlberg (sinde 2015).

The Austrian Legal Information System is exclusively a documentation of Austrian law. Any further legal advice cannot be given.

The applications are supplemented with a comprehensive collection of links to websites of Austrian federal and regional authorities, the EU and international organizations as well as to other Internet providers of legal data (select „list of links“)

A part of the Legal Information System offers you a selection of important Austrian laws in English translation (select „English“).

Contents of the Legal Information System

Category „Bundesrecht“ (= Federal Law)

Bundesrecht konsolidiert (= Federal law consolidated version)
This database covers Austrian federal law. Amendments are incorporated as soon as they are promulgated so that the database always contains the applicable version of a document (one document: 1 paragraph or 1 article or 1 annex). In addition to the applicable version, many norms also offer the opportunity to access previous versions, making it possible for the user to reconstruct the development of the regulation.
Bundesgesetzblatt authentisch ab 2004 (= Authentic version of the Austrian Federal Law Gazettes since 2004)
Since 2004 the legally binding Austrian Federal Law Gazette is only published in the Austrian Legal Information System.
Bundesgesetzblatt 1945 – 2003 (= Austrian Federal Law Gazettes 1945 – 2003)
This database contains all issues of the Federal Law Gazettes published from 1945 to 2003.
Reichs-, Staats- und Bundesgesetzblatt 1848 – 1940 (= Law Gazettes 1848 – 1940)
This database contains all issues of the Law Gazettes published from 1848 to 1940.
Gesetzes- und Verordnungssammlungen 1740 -1848 (= Law Gazettes 1780 – 1848)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers the Law Gazettes from 1780 to 1848.
Deutsches Reichsgesetzblatt 1919 - 1945 (= German Law Gazettes 1919 – 1945)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers the German Law Gazettes from 1919 to 1945.
Begutachtungsentwürfe (= Draft bills)
This database contains draft bills of Austrian ministries.
Regierungsvorlagen (= Government bills)
These database contains government bills of Austrian ministries.
Rechtsvorschriften in Englisch (= Austrian Laws)
This database contains selected Austrian laws in English translation.

Category „Landesrecht“ (= State Law)

As a result of the cooperation with the offices of the State (regional) governments, you can find the law of the Austrian States (= Provinces). The documents (one document = 1 paragraph or 1 article or 1 annex; exception: in the case of Vorarlberg law one document contains the applicable version of a complete law) are processed by the State governments and transmitted to the Federal Chancellery. Unlike in the case of federal law, not all States include their previous versions as well. The degree of availability varies from state to state.

Landesgesetzblatt authentisch (= Authentic State Law Gazettes of Carinthia, Styria, Tyrol and Vienna)
This database contains all issues of the authentic State Law Gazettes of the following Austrian States:
  • Carinthia (as of 2014)
  • Styria (as of 2014)
  • Tyrol (as of 2014)
  • Vienna (as of 2014)
  • Burgenland (as of 2015)
  • Lower Austria (as of 2015)
  • Upper Austria (as of 2015)
  • Salzburg (as of 2015)
  • Vorarlberg (as of 2015)
The database is permanently updated.
Landesgesetzblatt nicht authentisch (= Not authentic State Law Gazette)
This database contains all issues of the not authentic State Law Gazettes of the following Austrian States:
  • Burgenland (2000 - 2014)
  • Carinthia (2000 - 2013)
  • Lower Austria (2008 - 2014)
  • Upper Austria (1947 - 2014)
  • Salzburg (2001 - 2014)
  • Styria (1986 - 2013)
  • Tyrol (1995 - 2013)
  • Vorarlberg (1985 - 2014)
Landesgesetzblatt für Wien (= State Law Gazette of Vienna)
There is a link to the Vienna City Administration which offers the State Law Gazettes till 2013.
Landesgesetzblatt Burgenland 1922 - 2000 (= State Law Gazettes of Burgenland 1922 - 2000)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers the State Law Gazettes of Burgenland from 1922 to 2000.
Landesgesetzblatt Kärnten 1863 - 1999 (= State Law Gazettes of Carinthia 1863 - 1999)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers the State Law Gazettes of Carinthia from 1863 to 1999.
Landesgesetzblatt Niederösterreich 1849 - 1971 (= State Law Gazettes of Lower Austria 1849 - 1971)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers the State Law Gazettes of Lower Austria from 1849 to 1971.
Landesgesetzblatt Oberösterreich 1849 - 1995 (= State Law Gazettes of Upper Austria 1849 - 1995)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers the State Law Gazettes of Upper Austria from 1849 to 1995.
Landesgesetzblatt Salzburg 1850 - 2000 (= State Law Gazettes of Salzburg 1850 - 2000)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers the State Law Gazettes of Salzburg from 1850 to 2000.
Landesgesetzblatt Steiermark 1850 - 1995 (= State Law Gazettes of Styria 1850 - 1995)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers the State Law Gazettes of Styria from 1850 to 1995.
Landesgesetzblatt Tirol 1848 - 1994 (= State Law Gazettes of Tyrol 1848 - 1994)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers the State Law Gazettes of Tyrol from 1848 to 1994.
Landesgesetzblatt Vorarlberg 1848 - 1985 (= State Law Gazettes of Vorarlberg 1848 - 1985)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers the State Law Gazettes of Vorarlberg from 1848 to 1985.
Landesgesetzblatt Wien 1920 - 1980 (= State Law Gazettes of Vienna 1920 - 1980)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers the State Law Gazettes of Vienna from 1920 to 1980.

Category „Gemeinderecht“ (= Municipal Law)

This database contains the law of some Austrian municipalities.

Category „EU-Recht“ (= Law of the European Union)

There is a link to EUR-Lex where you can find the EU law.

Category „Judikatur“ (= Judicature of the courts)

Verfassungsgerichtshof (= Constitutional Court)
This database contains the judicature of the Constitutional Court (nearly all rulings since 1980).
Verwaltungsgerichtshof (= Administrative Court)
This database covers the judicature of the Administrative Court and comprises nearly all its decisions since 1990. Substantial rulings are also available from previous years.
Normenliste des VwGH (= The „norm list“ of the Administrative Court)
This list of standardized, synonymous quotations of regulations is edited by the Administrative Court and is an index of admissible norm specifications in the form of abbreviations (by letter or short titles) for the judicature documentation of the Administrative Court. The abbreviations of state laws and EU regulations are also incorporated.
Justiz - OGH, OLG, LG, BG, OPMS, AUSL (= Judicature of the Supreme Court, Regional Appeal Courts and other courts)
This database covers the judicature of the Supreme Court and other courts and comprises the decisions of civil and criminal law.
Bundesverwaltungsgericht (= Federal Administrative Court)
This database contains the judicature of the Federal Administrative Court as of 2014.
Landesverwaltungsgerichte (= State Administrative Courts)
This database contains the the judicature of the nine State Administrative Courts as of 2014.
Unabhängige Verwaltungssenate (= Independent Administrative Tribunals)
This database contains the judicature of the nine Independent Administrative Tribunals (selected rulings from 1991 to 2013).
Unabhängiger Finanzsenat (= Independent Finance Tribunal)
There is a link to the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance which offers the judicature of the Independent Finance Tribunal till 2013.
Bundesfinanzgericht (= Federal Finance Court)
There is a link to the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance which offers the judicature of the Federal Finance Court (as of 2014).
Asylgerichtshof (= Court of Asylum)
This database contains the judicature of the Court of Asylum (selected rulings from July 2008 to 2013).
Unabhängiger Bundesasylsenat (= Independent Federal Asylum Board)
This database contains the judicature of the Independent Federal Asylum Board (selected rulings from 1998 to June 2008).
Umweltsenat (= Environmental Tribunal)
This database contains selected judicature of the Environmental Tribunal from 1994 to 2013.
Bundeskommunikationssenat (= Federal Communications Board)
This database contains selected rulings of the Federal Communications Board (selected rulings from 2001 to 2013).
Vergabekontrollbehörden (= Procurement Review Authorities)
This database contains the rulings of the Federal Public Procurement Review Authority, the Federal Public Procurement Arbitration Body and the Procurement Review Authorities of Salzburg and Vienna (selected rulings till 2013).
Disziplinarkommissionen, Disziplinaroberkommission, Berufungskommission (= Disciplinary Commissions, Supreme Disciplinary Commission, and Appeals Tribunal)
This database contains selected judicature on disciplinary matters and matters pertaining to employee transfers in the Federal Government. You can search for decisions of the Supreme Disciplinary Commission and of the Appeals Tribunal till 2013.
Datenschutzbehörde, vor 2014: Datenschutzkommission (= Data Protection Authority, before 2014 Data Protection Commission)
This database contains the rulings of the Data Protection Commission from 2000 to 2013. As of 2014 you can find the rulings of the Data Protection Authority.
Personalvertretungsaufsichtsbehörde, vor 2014: Personalvertretungs-Aufsichtskommission (= Supervisory Authority for Employees' Representation, before 2014 Supervisory Tribunal for Employees' Representation)
This database contains the judicature of the Supervisory Tribunal for Employees' Representation till 2013. As of 2014 you can find the rulings of the Supervisory Authority for Employees' Representation.
Gleichbehandlungskommissionen ab 2014 (= Equal Treatment Commissions since 2014)
This database contains the decisions of the Equal Treatment Commissions since 2014.
Gleichbehandlungskommissionen ab 2008 (= Equal Treatment Commissions since 2008)
There is a link to a list of rulings of the Equal Treatment Commissions since 2008.
Entscheidungen des Obersten Gerichts- und Cassationshofes in Civil- und Strafsachen (in der Beilage zum Verordnungsblatt des Justizministeriums) 1885 - 1897 (= Decisions of the Supreme Court 1885 – 1897)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers the decisions of the Supreme Court from 1885 to 1897.
Sammlung der Erkenntnisse des österr. Reichsgerichts 1869 - 1918 (= Collection of the decisions of the Austrian Imperial Court 1869 – 1918)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers a collection of the decisions of the Austrian Imperial Court from 1869 to 1918.
Sammlung der Erkenntnisse des österr. Verfassungsgerichtshofes 1919 - 1979 (= Collection of the decisions of the Austrian Constitutional Court 1919 - 1979)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers a collection of the decisions of the Austrian Constitutional Court from 1919 to 1979.
Sammlung der Erkenntnisse des österr. Verwaltungsgerichtshofes 1876 - 1934 (= Collection of the decisions of the Austrian Administrative Court 1876 - 1934)
There is a link to the Austrian National Library which offers a collection of the decisions of the Austrian Administrative Court from 1876 to 1934.

Category „Erlässe“ (= Decrees)

Erlässe der Bundesministerien (= Decrees of the Federal Ministries)
This database contains selected decrees (instruction edicts) of Austrian ministries.
Richtlinien und Erlässe des Bundesministeriums für Finanzen (= Decrees of the Federal Ministry of Finance)
There is a link to the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance which offers their decrees.
Erlässe des Bundesministeriums für Arbeit, Soziales und Konsumentenschutz in Sozialversicherungssachen (extern) (= Decrees of the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection in social security matters)
There is a link to the documentation of the Austrian social security legislation where you can find e.g. the decrees of the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection in social security matters.

Gesamtabfrage (= general search)

You can find search terms in all or selected RIS-applications.

Übersicht (= site map)

You can find a list of the RIS content.

For further information of the system, please use the search manuals (in German).

If you have any questions, please contact:
v2a@bka.gv.at
Federal Chancellery of Austria, Vienna