Austria:Legislation

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Contents

Austria:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Austria:Historical Development

Austria:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Austria:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Austria:Political and Economic Situation

Austria:Organisation and Governance

Austria:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Austria:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Austria:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Austria:Organisation of Private Education

Austria:National Qualifications Framework

Austria:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Austria:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Austria:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Austria:Funding in Education

Austria:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Austria:Higher Education Funding

Austria:Adult Education and Training Funding

Austria:Early Childhood Education and Care

Austria:Organisation

Austria:Teaching and Learning

Austria:Assessment

Austria:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Austria:Primary Education

Austria:Organisation of Primary Education

Austria:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Austria:Assessment in Primary Education

Austria:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Austria:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Austria:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Austria:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Austria:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Austria:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Austria:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Austria:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Austria:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Austria:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Austria:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Austria:Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Austria:Higher Education

Austria:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Austria:First Cycle Programmes

Austria:Bachelor

Austria:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Austria:Second Cycle Programmes

Austria:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Austria:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Austria:Adult Education and Training

Austria:Distribution of Responsibilities

Austria:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Austria:Main Providers

Austria:Main Types of Provision

Austria:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Austria:Teachers and Education Staff

Austria:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Austria:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Austria:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Austria:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Austria:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Austria:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Austria:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Austria:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Austria: Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Austria:Management and Other Education Staff

Austria:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Austria:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Austria:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Austria:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Austria:Management Staff for Higher Education

Austria:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Austria:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Austria:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Austria:Quality Assurance

Austria:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Austria:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Austria:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Austria:Educational Support and Guidance

Austria:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Austria:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Austria:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Austria:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Austria:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Austria:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Austria:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Austria:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Austria:Mobility and Internationalisation

Austria:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Austria:Mobility in Higher Education

Austria:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Austria:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Austria:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Austria:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Austria:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Austria:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Austria:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Austria:National Reforms in School Education

Austria:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Austria:National Reforms in Higher Education

Austria:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Austria:European Perspective

Austria:Legislation

Austria:Institutions

Austria:Bibliography

Austria:Glossary

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Act Governing the Statuary Recognition of Religious Communities (Imperial Act)

=Gesetz betreffend die gesetzliche Anerkennung von Religionsgesellschaften (Reichsgesetz) valid version
As Article 15 of the Basic Law of 21 December 1867 about the general rights of nationals did not define the recognition by the law of churches and religious societies, this law defined in detail how such status could be achieved. Recognition may be granted by virtue of the law or by decree. Such recognition bestows a religious community with all rights which are granted under the law to churches and religious communities that are recognised by statute. This act is continued as Federal Act on the Legal Personality of Religious Creeds, BGBl. I 19/1998.


Act on Life and Health Protection for Federal Employees (Federal Law)

=Bundes-Bedienstetenschutzgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
The Act provides for life and health protection to be ensured for employees on duty at federal posts and the required protection of morality at work taking account of the age and gender of employees, and the way of monitoring of the pertaining rules.


Act on Staff employed by Private-law Contract (Federal Law)

=Vertragsbedienstetengesetz 1948 (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing Federal employment under private-law contracts (including in particular teaching staff).


Act on the Accession of Austria to the European Union (Treaty)

=EU-Beitrittsvertrag (Vertrag) valid version
Provisions governing the conditions of accession to the European Union for the Kingdom of Norway, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden, and the alignment of the founding treaties of the European Union.


Basic Law on the General Rights of Nationals (Constitutional Law)

=Staatsgrundgesetz über die allgemeinen Rechte der Staatsbürger (Verfassungsgesetz) valid version
Legislation on the fundamental rights of citizens, above all the principle of equality, freedom of conscience and creed, freedom of knowledge and its teaching, and the right to found establishments for instruction and education if proof of one’s qualification is furnished in legally acceptable manner.


Civil Service Code (Federal Law)

=Beamten-Dienstrechtsgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the tasks and responsibilities of all staff employed by the Federation under public-law contract (civil servants, including university professors, teachers and school oversight organs): employment relationship, training, assignment of tasks, duties of service, rights, performance evaluation for civil servants, disciplinary code, appointment and tenure-tack position requirements.


Concordate (Treaty)

=Konkordat samt Zusatzprotokoll (Staatsvertrag) valid version
The Concordat governs the relationship between the Holy See and the Austrian State. The Republic of Austria ensures to the Roman Catholic Church in its different rites the free exercise of its spiritual power and the free and public exercise of their religious belief. The Austrian State recognises the right of the Catholic Church to issue laws, decrees and orders within its purview, it will not impede or prevent the exercise of such right. The Catholic Church in Austria is a public-law entity.


Declaration of Independence (State Law)

=Unabhängigkeitserklärung (Staatsgesetz) valid version
Proclamation of Austria's independence; re-establishment of the democratic Republic of Austria in the spirit of the Constitution of 1920; the annexation imposed upon the Austrian people in 1938 is declared null and void.


Education Documentation Act (Federal Law)

=Bildungsdokumentationsgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the use of data on pupils and students (according to the Data Protection Law) by the educational establishments in the field of schooling, education and health care covered by this Act in order to enable these institutions to fulfil their statutory tasks in the field of school and higher education administration, students’ support and representation matters. It provides for the keeping of overall student records for statistics/planning and control purposes only, and the use of data from the records of educational establishments for the purposes of the Federal Statistics on the Education and Training System and the National Educational Attainment Register maintained by Statistik Austria.


Emoluments Act 1956 (Federal Law)

=Gehaltsgesetz 1956 (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the remuneration, allowances and remuneration schemes for all federal civil servants in active service (including university teaching staff, school teachers, heads of educational establishments and school inspection officials).


European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Federal constitutional Law)

=Europäische Konvention zum Schutz der Menschenrechte und Grundfreiheiten (Bundesverfassungsgesetz) valid version
Provisions safeguarding the fundamental rights and freedoms laid down in the Convention for every person in Austria.


External Legal Relations of the Jewish Religious Community (Imperial Law, Federal Law)

=Gesetz betreffend die Regelung der äußeren Rechtsverhältnisse der Israelitischen Religionsgesellschaft (Reichsgesetz, Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the external legal relations of the Jewish religious community; delimitation of the competences of the state organs of educational administration.


Federal Act governing the legal personality of religious denominations (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über die Rechtspersönlichkeit von religiösen Bekenntnisgemeinschaften (Bundesgesetz) valid version
The law is applied to pending administrative procedures arising under the Law on the Statutory Recognition of Religious Communities. Under this law, religious groups being endowed with legal personality are entitled to carry the designation “state-registered religious groups”. Proof is to be submitted that this community has a minimum number of members who are neither members of any other religious group as defined by this federal law, nor of any officially recognised church or religious community.


Federal Act on Financial Contributions to the Jewish Religious Community (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über finanzielle Leistungen an die Israelitische Religionsgesellschaft (Bundesgesetz) valid version
The law governs the financial contributions by the Republic of Austria to the Jewish religious community in compliance with the State's obligations under the Austrian State Treaty of 1955 (Article26).


Federal Constitutional Law (Constitutional Law)

=Bundes-Verfassungsgesetz (Verfassungsgesetz) valid version
Legal bases of the Republic of Austria; central provisions governing the division of competences in legislation and execution between the federation and the provinces (including in the field of schooling), the highest executive authorities, federal school authorities, and the federal legislative procedure.


Federal Finance Bill (Federal Law)

=Bundesfinanzgesetz (jährliches Bundesgesetz) valid version 2011
At the proposal of the Federal Minister of Finance, Parliament adopts the entire Federal budget through the annual Federal Finance Bill. The Federal Finance Bill also specifies amounts appropriated in detail.


Federal Law on the External Legal Relations of the Greek-Oriental Church in Austria (Orthodox Act) (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über äußere Rechtsverhältnisse der griechisch-orientalischen Kirche in Östereich (Orthodoxengesetz) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
The Greek-Oriental (Orthodox) Church is recognised by law; the provisions under the Law Regarding the External Legal Relations of the Protestant Church also apply mutatis mutandis to the Greek-Oriental Church, especially with regard to religious instruction and youth education, taking account of the particular structure, number of members and competence of the state-recognised institutions of this Church in Austria.


Federal Law on the External Relations of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in Austria (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über äußere Rechtsverhältnisse der orientalisch-orthodoxen Kirchen in Österreich (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Federal Law on the External Relations of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in Austria. The law governs the external relationships of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Austria; the Coptic Orthodox Church in Austria, and the Syrian Orthodox Church in Austria; provisions on religious instruction are analogous to the Orthodox Act.


Federal Law Regarding the External Legal Relations of the Protestant Church (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über äußere Rechtsverhältnisse der Evangelischen Kirche (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Federal Law 1961 succeeding the 1861 Protestant Patent that governs the external legal relations of the Protestant Church based on a convention (agreed between the church and the state) and determines in particular that the tri-partite Protestant church (Protestant Church A.C., Protestant Church H.C., and the amalgamated Protestant Church A.C. and H.C) is recognised by law and enjoys the status of a public-law entity.


Federal Ministries' Act 1986 (Federal Law)

=Bundesministeriengesetz 1986 (BMG) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the number, designation, establishment and scope of competence of federal ministries.


Federal Staff Representation Act (Federal Law)

=Bundes-Personalvertretungsgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing staff representation at the Federal establishments; staff representatives shall secure and promote the professional, economic, social, cultural and health interests of public staff.


Forestry Act 1975 (Federal Law)

=Forstgesetz 1975 (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing forestry; organisation of the Fachschulen for forestry.


General Civil Code of Austria (Federal Law)

=Allgemeines Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (ABGB) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Code which lays down the rights and obligations of the State’s residents under private law.


General Social Insurance (Federal Law)

=Allgemeines Sozialversicherungsgesetz (ASVG) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing general social insurance, in particular for people employed in Austria. All students enjoy accident insurance coverage with regard to their activities as students. The costs of such insurance are borne by a special Equalization Fund for families ("Familienlastenausgleichsfonds") and by a statutory accident insurer ("Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt").


Industrial Code 1994 (Federal Law)

=Gewerbeordnung 1994 (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing all activities which are exercised as trades and not prohibited by law; criteria for an activity qualifying as a trade: self-employment (exercised at one's own cost and risk), on a continual basis and with the intention to gain a profit or any other economic benefit.


Industrial Constitution (Federal Law)

=Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Codification of industrial law in the form of an Austrian Labour Code on "collective law" (including collective agreements) and "works constitution".


Labour Market Promotion Act (Federal Law)

=Arbeitsmarktförderungsgesetz (AMFG) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions to promote the Labour Market: the tasks (placement, promotion, career ounselling, employment policies consistent with the requirements of social and economic policy).


Labour Market Service Act (Federal Law)

=Arbeitsmarktservicegesetz (AMFG) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the legal bases of the Labour Market Administration: the tasks (placement, promotion, career ounselling, employment policies consistent with the requirements of social and economic policy) and organisation of the Labour Market Administration.


Law on Ethnic Groups (Federal Law)

=Volksgruppengesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Ethnic groups in Austria and their members enjoy protection by the law; the preservation of ethnic groups and their continued existence are safeguarded; their languages and traditions shall be respected.


Law on the Recognition of Followers of Islam as Religious Society (Imperial Law, Federal Law)

=Gesetz betreffend die Anerkennung der Anhänger des Islam als Religionsgesellschaft (Reichsgesetz, Bundesgesetz) valid version
The law regarding the recognition of members of the Islamic Religious Community stipulates that the external religious relationships of the followers of Islam shall be governed by way of ordinance according to the principles of self-rule and self-determination, always however under the supervision of the state.


Ordinance on the Islamic Community in Austria (Ordinance)

=Verordnung betreffend die islamische Glaubensgemeinschaft in Österreich (Verordnung) valid version
Ordinance based on the Islamic Law, especially concerning the designation and constitution of the Islamic Community in Austria.


Private Employees' Act (Federal Law)

=Angestelltengesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the service contract of persons employed under private law


State Treaty of Saint-Germain (1919), State Treaty of Vienna (1955) (Federal constitutional Law)

=Österreichischer Staatsvertrag von 1919 und 1955 (Bundesverfassungsgesetz)
valid version St.Germain 1919
valid version Wien 1955
State treaty of 1919: provided inter alia for the protection of minorities; embodiment of the major rights to education for linguistic minorities; State treaty of 1955: provisions governing the re-establishment of an independent and democratic Austria between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America and France on the one hand, and Austria on the other, especially with regard to the rights of the Slovene and Croat minorities.


Treaty governing questions of education (State Treaty)

=Vertrag zwischen dem Heiligen Stuhl und der Republik Österreich zur Regelung von mit dem Schulwesen zusammenhängenden Fragen (Staatsvertrag) valid version
Agreement on issues pertaining to education between the Holy See and the Republic of Austria, in particular the right of the church to provide religious instruction for Catholic students at all public schools and schools enjoying public-sector status, and the right of the church to provide, conduct and directly supervise religious instruction (cf. Religious Instruction Act).


Youth Welfare Act 1989 (Federal Law)

=Jugendwohlfahrtsgesetz 1989 (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Public youth welfare assists mothers, expectant mothers, babies and their parents (maternity and infant welfare) and is to encourage and safeguard the development of minors by offering assistance in their care and education and provide educational measures (youth care).




Pre-school, school and vocational education

Act on Federal Schools for Agriculture and Forestry (Federal Law)

=Land- und forstwirtschaftliches Bundesschulgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the school organisation of the federal secondary schools for agriculture and forestry.


Act on Private Schools for Agriculture and Forestry (Federal Law)

=Land- und forstwirtschaftliches Privatschulgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing private higher-level secondary schools for agriculture and forestry, the private institutions for the initial and in-service training of teachers at forestry and agriculture schools, and for the private Fachschulen training forestry staff; provisions governing the subsidisation of private Berufsschulen and Fachschulen for agriculture and forestry.


Act on School Education for Ethnic Minorities in Burgenland (Federal Law)

=Minderheiten-Schulgesetz für das Burgenland (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the Croatian and Hungarian minorities and the language of ethnic minorities in Burgenland, in particular the right, under certain circumstances (basically a minimum number of registrations), to learn the Croat or Hungarian language as compulsory subject or to use the Croat or Hungarian language as the language of instruction in Burgenland.


Act on the Teaching Assignment of Federal Teachers (Federal Law)

=Bundeslehrer-Lehrverpflichtungsgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the teaching assignment of Federal teachers employed under public-law contract Federal teachers at schools (with the exception of universities, fine-arts colleges (now fine-arts universities) and the Academy of Fine Arts) and at boarding homes. Furthermore, provisions governing the compulsory teaching loads of school heads, department heads and subject heads; auxiliary tasks counting towards the compulsory teaching load; and subjects belonging to subject groups.


Act on Vocational Training for Agriculture and Forestry - Federal Basic Act on Berufsschulen for Agriculture and Forestry (Federal Law)

=Land- und forstwirtschaftliches Berufsausbildungsgesetz (LFBAG) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Legal provisions governing the initial training of farm and forestry workers and own family workers.


Basic Act on the Maintenance of Compulsory Schools (Federal Law)

=Pflichtschulerhaltungs-Grundsatzgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Principles for provincial legislation in the field of the establishment, maintenance and discontinuation of districts (geographical catchment areas of schools) for public compulsory schools and public boarding homes primarily designed for compulsory school pupils.


Basic Federal Act governing Berufsschulen for Agriculture and Forestry (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz betreffend die Grundsätze für land- und forstwirtschaftliche Berufsschulen (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the principles of provincial legislation concerning some matters of Berufsschulen for agriculture and forestry (fundamental school education for occupations in agriculture and forestry, in particular function, compulsory schooling, compulsory subjects).


Basic Federal Act on Fachschulen for Agriculture and Forestry (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz betreffend die Grundsätze für land- und forstwirtschaftliche Fachschulen (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the principles of provincial legislation concerning some matters of education at Fachschulen for Agriculture and Forestry (in particular function, form of organisation, admission requirements, length, compulsory subjects).


Compulsory Schooling Act 1985 (Federal Law)

=Schulpflichtgesetz 1985 (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing general full-time compulsory schooling of children residing permanently in Austria, and the compulsory schooling of pupils in an apprenticeship or training relationship at part-time vocational Berufsschulen.


Curricula for Berufsschule (Ordinance)

=Lehrpläne der Berufsschulen (Verordnung) valid version
Curricular provisions (especially educational objectives, didactic principles, contents of teaching, weekly number of lessons) for the instruction of students at part-time compulsory vocational schools, providing supplementary specialised instruction and offering persons who have to complete compulsory vocational schooling basic theoretic knowledge, promoting and complementing their company-based training, and strengthening their general education.


Curricula for Hauptschule (Ordinance)

=Lehrpläne der Hauptschulen (Verordnung) valid version
Curricular provisions (especially educational objectives, didactic principles, contents of teaching, weekly number of lessons) for the instruction of pupils at general secondary schools, providing a basic general education and enabling pupils to embark on working life or progress to a medium or higher-level school.


Curricula for Polytechnische Schule (Ordinance)

=Lehrplan der Polytechnischen Schule (Verordnung) valid version
Curricular provisions (especially educational objectives, didactic principles, contents of teaching, weekly number of lessons) for the instruction of pupils at Polytechnische Schule, promoting their general education especially with a view to work and occupation, preparing pupils for career decisions through vocational guidance and teaching basic vocational knowledge.


Curricula for Volksschule and Sonderschule (Ordinance)

=Lehrpläne der Volksschule und der Sonderschulen (Verordnung) valid version
Curricular provisions (especially educational objectives, didactic principles, contents of teaching, weekly number of lessons) for the instruction of children attending Vorschulstufe. They are to be supported in attaining school readiness, thereby taking account of the social inclusion of disabled children. Curricular provisions for the instruction of children in grades 1 to 4, providing for the joint elementary education of all pupils, in due respect of the social inclusion of disabled children. Curricular provisions (especially educational objectives, didactic principles, contents of teaching, weekly number of lessons) for the instruction of physically and mentally disabled children attending Sonderschule who are to be supported in a way that is consistent with their disability.


Federal Act on Schools for the Initial Training of Physical Education Teachers and Sports Instructors (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über Schulen zur Ausbildung von Leibeserziehern und Sportlehrern (Bundesgesetz) valid version
These medium-level secondary schools (established and maintained by the federation as far as they are public) carry the designation of "Bundesanstalten für Leibeserziehung" (federal institutions for physical education) and offer courses lasting one to eight semesters. In order to be admitted to a federal institute for physical education, candidates must have completed the first eight years of compulsory schooling and pass an aptitude test. There are initial training courses for sports instructors, physical education teachers at schools, and trainers and instructors for various kinds of sports.


Federal Act on the Compensation for certain teaching and education activities within the competence of the Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Sports and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (Contract Teachers Law) (Federal law)

=Bundesgesetz über die Abgeltung von bestimmten Unterichts- und Erziehungstätigkeiten im Bereich des Bundesministeriums für Unterricht, Kunst und Sport und des Bundesministeriums für Land- und Forstwirtschaft (Lehrbeauftragtengesetz) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the compensation of contract teachers who are employed at the various types of schools according to the school laws; this Act covers, among other things, the compensation for distance instruction at schools for working adults and Pädagogische Hochschule.


Federal Act on the Compensation for Examination Activities at Schools (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über die Abgeltung von Prüfungstätigkeiten im Bereich des Schulwesens (Prüfungstaxengesetz - Schulen/Pädagogische Hochschulen) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions concerning the examination charges due to federal civil servants (federal teachers) and provincial teachers who act as examiners or members of examination boards with entrance, aptitude or final exams at schools.


Federal Act on the Establishment of the Federal Institute for Educational Research, Innovation and Development of the Austrian Educational Sector (BIFIE Act 2008) (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über die Einrichtung eines Bundesinstitutes für Bildungsforschung, Innovation und Entwicklung des österreichischen Schulwesens (BIFIE-Gesetz 2008) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
This Institute has been established to conduct studies in the field of applied educational research, to monitor the school system, to provide information for educational policy decisions, and to monitor and implement educational policy actions as a legal entity under public law. Its tasks and activities span the whole range of the school system, apart from kindergarten, day-care centres, universities and Fachhochschule.


Federal Law Governing Special Allied Health Professions (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über die Regelung der gehobenen medizinisch-technischen Dienste (MTD-Gesetz) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Regulations for the following special allied health professions: physiotherapists, biomedical scientists, radiological technologists, dieticians, occupational therapists, logopedics and orthoptists; job descriptions and field of activities, vocational title; professional entitlement and duties; education and training, examination, further education and training, penal provisions.


Federal Law on 'Berufsreifeprüfung' examinations (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über die Berufsreifeprüfung (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Persons without a "Reifeprüfung" (who have successfully completed their end-of-apprenticeship examination or agricultural or forestry apprenticeship certification exams, a master craftsman examination acc. to § 20 Austrian Industrial Code, a qualification examination acc. to § 22 Austrian Industrial Code, an agricultural or forestry master examination or an intermediate-level school of at least three years’ duration, a nursing school, or a school for the medico-technical professions of at least 30 months’ duration) may sit for the "Berufsreifeprüfung", the successful passing of which carries the entitlements of a "Reifeprüfung" from a secondary higher school (enrolment at a "Kolleg", academy, "Fachhochschule" study course, science and arts university).


Federal Law on cardiotechnicians (Federal Law)

=Kardiotechnikergesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Regulations for certified cardiology technicians/perfusionists: professional entitlement; practice of the profession; professional duties; job description and field of activities; initial training and examination; penal provisions.


Federal Law on clinical and therapeutic masseurs (Federal Law)

=Medizinischer Masseur- und Heilmasseurgesetz (MMHmG) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Regulations for clinical and therapeutic masseurs: professional entitlement; practice of the profession; professional duties; job description and field of activities; initial training and examination; penal provisions; special qualifications.


Federal Law on clinical assistants and health care support workers: “MTF-SHD-G” (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über die Regelung des medizinisch-technischen Fachdienstes und der Sanitätshilfsdienste (MTF-SHD-G) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Regulations for medico-technical and paramedical professions (surgical aides, laboratory aides, autopsy aides, medical practice aides, occupational therapy aides, disinfection aides): professional entitlement; practice of the profession; professional duties; job description and field of activities; initial training and examination; penal provisions.


Federal Law on emergency medical technicians (Federal Law)

=Sanitätergesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Regulations for emergency medical technicians (ambulance staff with basic paramedical skills, ambulance staff with emergency medical competences): professional entitlement; practice of the profession; professional duties; job description and field of activities; initial training and examination; penal provisions; general and special emergency qualifications.


Federal Law on Midwifery (Federal Law Gazette) (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über den Hebammenberuf (Hebammengesetz - HebG) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Regulations for the profession of a midwife: vocational title, job description and field of activities, professional entitlements and duties, education and training, examination, further education and training, Austrian Midwifery Board, penal provisions.


Federal Law on nursing professions (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über Gesundheits- und Krankenpflegeberufe (Gesundheits- und Krankenpflegegesetz - GuKG) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Regulations for the health care and nursing professions (higher-level health care and nursing: certificated health care workers and nurses, certificated paediatric nurses, psychiatric health care workers and nurses, nursing auxiliaries): professional entitlement; practice of the profession; professional duties; job description and field of activities; initial training and examination; penal provisions; special trainig, in-service training and continued education.


Federal Law on the Religious Education of Children 1985 (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über die religiöse Kindererziehung 1985 (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Parents are free to decide on the religious education of a child, if they are responsible for their care and education. Children having completed fourteen years of age may decide for themselves which religious denomination they want to adhere to.


Federal School Inspection Act (Federal Law)

=Bundes-Schulaufsichtsgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the competence of federal authorities in the administration and supervision of school education (federal school authorities), as well as the organisational set-up of federal school authorities in the provinces and political districts.


Minority Schooling Act for Carinthia (Federal Law)

=Minderheiten-Schulgesetz für Kärnten (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Regulations governing the implementation of the schooling provisions for ethnic minorities as laid down in the Austrian State Treaty with regard to the federal province of Carinthia, in particular the right of every pupil to learn the Slovene language as a compulsory subject or to be taught in the Slovene language at Volksschule or Hauptschule in certain regions (municipalities in which instruction was bi-lingual in the academic year 1958/59). 


Ordinance on Learning Standard for Schools (Ordinance)

=Verordnung über Bildungsstandards im Schulwesen 2009 (Verordnung) valid version
Standards for teaching objective at primary und lower secundary level for some core subjects. Concrete competences are declared for german, one additional language and mathematics.


Ordinance on Performance Evaluation (Ordinance)

=Leistungsbeurteilungsverordnung (Verordnung) valid version
Ordinance providing for the evaluation of pupil performance based on performance assessments, whose forms and possibilities are also defined. Detailed provisions refer to pupils’ continuous participation in classroom activities, oral examinations, oral exercises, school tests, quizzes, dictations, and practical/graphic performance assessments; furthermore, there are provisions covering the principles of performance assessment, assessment grades, evaluation of behaviour at school, end-of-year performance evaluation (regarding the right to appeal against certain decisions, see School Education Act) and the possibilities of later exams and determination exams.


Ordinance on School Events 1995 (Ordinance)

=Schulveranstaltungenverordnung 1995 (Verordnung) valid version
Rules governing the function, type, number, planning and school-autonomous implementation of school events to complement lessons according to the curriculum.


Ordinance on School Rules (Ordinance)

=Verordnung betreffend die Schulordnung (Verordnung) valid version
Contains detailed regulations on the conduct of students at school, at school events and school-related events, on measures for student safety and to facilitate orderly school operations. In particular, students, teachers and legal guardians are given the opportuntiy to establish Agreed Codes of Conduct which will complement school rules.


Ordinance on School Time (Ordinance)

=Verordnung betreffend die Schulzeit (Verordnung) valid version
Contains specialized regulations on the schoolyear and timetables for some schools.


Private Schools Act (Federal Law)

=Privatschulgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the establishment and running of private schools - with the exception of schools for agriculture and forestry - and on the granting of public-law status, as well as the granting of subsidies to private schools.


Province Teacher Service Authority Act (Provincial Laws of the 9 provinces)

Landeslehrer-Diensthoheitsgesetze (Landesgesetze):
=Burgenländisches Landeslehrerinnen und -lehrer Diensthoheitsgesetz valid version
=Kärntner Landeslehrergesetz - K-LG § valid version
=Niederösterreichisches Landeslehrer-Diensthoheitsgesetz 1976 valid version
=Oberösterreichisches Landeslehrer-Diensthoheitsgesetz 1986 valid version
=Salzburger Landeslehrer-Diensthoheitsgesetz 1995 valid version
=Steiermärkisches Landeslehrer-Diensthoheitsgesetz 1966 valid version
=Tiroler Landeslehrer-Diensthoheitsgesetz 1998 valid version
=Vorarlberg: Landeslehrer-Diensthoheitsgesetz valid version
=Wiener Landeslehrer und Landeslehrerinnen -Diensthoheitsgesetz 1978 - LDHG 1978 valid version

Provisions governing the competence of authorities in the different provinces as service authority for teachers at primary schools, secondary general schools, special schools and Polytechnische Schulen as well as Berufsschulen who are employed by a province under public-law contracts "civil service employment", and vis-à-vis persons entitled to pension or retirement payments arising under such employment relation.


Provincial Kindergarten Education Act (Provincial Laws of the 9 provinces)

Landeskindergartengesetze (Landesgesetze):


=Burgenländisches Kindergarten- und Hortedienstrechtsgesetz valid version
=Burgenland: Anstellungserfordernisse für Kindergärtner(innen) und Erzieher(innen) valid version
=Burgenländische Kinderbetreuungsbauten- und -einrichtungsverordnung 2009 valid version
=Burgenländisches Kinderbildungs- und -betreuungsgesetz 2009 valid version
=Burgenland: Einführung der halbtägig kostenlosen und verpflichtenden frühen Förderung in institutionellen Kinderbetreuungseinrichtungen valid version
=Burgenland: Vereinbarung gemäß Art. 15a B-VG über den Ausbau des institutionellen Kinderbetreuungsangebots valid version


=Kärntner Kinderbetreuungsgesetz – K-KBG valid version
=Kärntner Kindergartenfondsgesetz - K-KGFG valid version


=Niederösterreichisches Kindergartengesetz 2006 valid version
=Niederösterreichisches Kinderbetreuungsgesetz 1996 valid version
=Niederösterreichisches Schul- und Kindergartenfondsgesetz valid version
=Niederösterreich: Vereinbarung gemäß Art. 15a B-VG über den Ausbau des institutionellen Kinderbetreuungsangebotes valid version
=Niederösterreich: Verordnung über die Geschäftsordnung und die Wahl des Elternbeirates in öffentlichen Kindergärten valid version
=Niederösterreich: Verordnung über die Herabsetzung des Kostenbeitrages für die Nachmittagsbetreuung an öffentlichen Kindergärten valid version
=Niederösterreich: Verordnung über die Ausbildung von Kinderbetreuerinnen/Kinderbetreuern valid version
=Niederösterreichische Tagesmütter/-väter-Verordnung valid version


=Oberösterreichisches Kinderbetreuungsgesetz valid version
=Oberösterreichisches Kindergärten- und Horte-Dienstgesetz valid version
=Oberösterreich: Bau- und Einrichtungsverordnung für Kinderbetreuungseinrichtungen valid version
=Oberösterreich: Vereinbarung über den Ausbau des institutionellen Kinderbetreuungsangebots; frühe sprachliche Förderung; Bildungsplan [1]
=Oberösterreich: Verordnung über die Durchführung von Anpassungslehrgängen und Eignungsprüfungen für Kindergärtner(innen) und Erzieher(innen) valid version


=Salzburger Kinderbetreuungsgesetz 2007 valid version
=Salzburg: Tagesbetreuungs-Verordnung valid version
=Salzburg: Ausbau des institutionellen Kinderbetreuungsangebots und Schaffung eines vorschulischen Bildungsplanes - Vereinbarung valid version
=Salzburg: Bauliche Gestaltung und Einrichtung von Kindergärten - Richtlinien valid version
=Salzburg: Einführung der halbtägig kostenlosen und verpflichtenden frühen Förderung in institutionellen Kinderbetreuungseinrichtungen valid version


=Steiermark: Dienst- und Besoldungsrecht der Kindergartenpädagogen und Erzieher valid version
=Steiermärkisches Kinderbetreuungsförderungsgesetz - StKBFG valid version
=Steiermärkisches Kinderbildungs- und -betreuungsgesetz - StKBBG valid version
=Steiermark: Organisationsstatut für Heilpädagogische Kindergärten und Horte valid version
=Steiermark: Art. 15a B-VG; Ausbau des institutionellen Kinderbetreuungsangebots valid version
=Steiermark: Bedarfsorientierte Flexibilisierung der Kinderhöchstzahlen valid version


=Tiroler Kinderbildungs- und Kinderbetreuungsgesetz valid version
=Tirol: Halbtägige kostenlose und verpflichtende frühe Förderung in institutionellen Kinderbetreuungseinrichtungen, Vereinbarung valid version
=Tirol: Institutionelles Kinderbetreuungsangebot und Einführung der verpflichtenden frühen sprachlichen Förderung in Kinderbetreuungsein valid version


=Vorarlberg: Gesetz über das Kindergartenwesen valid version
=Vorarlberg: Vereinbarung gemäß Art. 15a B-VG über den Ausbau des institutionellen Kinderbetreuungsangebots und über die Einführung der verpflichtenden frühen sprachlichen Förderung valid version
=Vorarlberg: Verordnung der Landesregierung über die pädagogische Kindergartenarbeit valid version


=Wien: Anstellungserfordernisse; Kindergarten, Hort valid version
=Wien: Vereinbarung Art. 15a B-VG; Kinderbetreuung - Ausbau valid version
=Wien: Vereinbarung Art. 15a B-VG; Kinderbetreuung - Kostenfreiheit valid version
=Wiener Tagesbetreuungsverordnung - WTBVO valid version


Provisions governing kindergartens and day-care centres; kindergartens are half or full-day institutions (no overnight care) which are to complement the education of children aged three to six in addition to the education provided within the family on a voluntary basis; special kindergartens are provided for physically and mentally disabled children; day-care centres are minding institutions which take care of pupils of general compulsory schools during instruction-free time.


Provincial Laws governing Berufsschulen and Fachschulen for Agriculture and Forestry (Provincial Laws)

Landesgesetze für die land- und forstwirtschaftlichen Berufs- und Fachschulen (Landesgesetze):


=Burgenländisches Landwirtschaftliches Schulgesetz valid version
=Burgenland: Land- und forstwirtschaftliche Berufsausbildungsordnung 1993 valid version
=Burgenland: Bestimmungen über die Organisation sowie Lehrpläne für die landwirtschaftlichen Berufs- und Fachschulen valid version
=Burgenland: Landwirtschaftliche Berufsschule, "Ländliche Hauswirtschaft" valid version
=Burgenland: Landwirtschaftliche Berufsschule, "Landwirtschaft" valid version
=Burgenland: Leistungsbeurteilung an land- und forstwirtschaftlichen Schulen valid version


=Kärntner Land- und Fw. Berufsausbildungsordnung 1991, K-LFBAO valid version
=Kärntner landwirtschaftliches Schulgesetz 1993 - K-LSchG valid version
=Kärntner landwirtschaftliche Schulverordnung - K-LSchV valid version
=Kärnten: Lehrverträge in der Land- und Forstwirtschaft valid version


=Niederösterreichisches Landwirtschaftliches Schulgesetz valid version
=Niederösterreichische Land- und forstwirtschaftliche Berufsausbildungsordnung 1991 valid version
=Niederösterreichische Landwirtschaftliche Schulorganisationsverordnung valid version
=Niederösterreichische Landwirtschaftliche Leistungsbeurteilungs- und Zeugnisformularverordnung valid version


=Oberösterreichisches Land- und forstwirtschaftliches Berufsausbildungsgesetz 1991 valid version
=Oberösterreichisches Land- und forstwirtschaftliches Schulgesetz valid version
=Oberösterreich: Verordnung über die Leistungsbeurteilung der Schüler an Landwirtschaftlichen Fach- und Berufsschulen und die Gestaltung der Zeugnisformulare valid version
=Oberösterreich: Verordnung über die Organisationsform der land- und forstwirtschaftlichen Berufs- und Fachschulen valid version
=Oberösterreich: Verordnung, mit der die Lehrpläne für land- und forstwirtschaftliche Berufs- und Fachschulen erlassen werden valid version


=Salzburg: Land- und Forstwirtschaftliche Berufsausbildungsordnung 1991 valid version
=Salzburger Landwirtschaftliches Schulgesetz valid version
=Salzburg: Landwirtschaftliche Lehrpläneverordnung valid version
=Salzburg: Landwirtschaftliche Schulorganisationsverordnung valid version
=Salzburg: Landwirtschaftliche Schulzeugnisverordnung valid version


=Steiermärkisches land- und forstwirtschaftliches Schulgesetz valid version
=Steiermärkisches Landwirtschaftliches Schulerhaltungsgesetz valid version
=Steiermark: Land- und forstwirtschaftliches Berufsausbildungsgesetz 1991 valid version
=Steiermark: Land- und forstwirtschaftliche Berufsschulverordnung valid version
=Steiermark: Land- und forstwirtschaftliche Schulveranstaltungsverordnung 1998 valid version
=Steiermark: Facharbeiter und Meister auf dem Gebiet der Land- und Forstwirtschaft valid version


=Tiroler Land- und forstwirtschaftliche Berufsausbildungsgesetz 2000 valid version
=Tiroler Landwirtschaftliches Schulgesetz 1988 valid version
=Tiroler Landwirtschaftliche Schulorganisations-Verordnung valid version
=Tiroler Landwirtschaftliche Schulzeitverordnung valid version


=Vorarlberg: Gesetz über das land- und forstwirtschaftliche Berufs- und Fachschulwesen valid version
=Vorarlberg: Gesetz über die Berufsausbildung in der Land- und Forstwirtschaft valid version
=Vorarlberg: Verordnung der Landesregierung über Organisation und Schulzeit der landwirtschaftlichen Schulen valid version


=Wien: Land- und forstwirtschaftliche Berufsausbildungsordnung valid version
=Wien: Gartenbau; Ausbildungsvorschrift und Prüfungsordnung valid version


Implementing statutes of the individual provinces on the Basic Federal Act for Berufsschulen for agriculture and forestry and on the Basic Federal Act for Fachschulen for agriculture and forestry.


Pupils' Representation Act (Federal Law)

=Schülervertretungengesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the establishment of pupils' representative bodies at the supra-institutional level.


Religious Instruction Act (Federal Law)

=Religionsunterrichtsgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions concerning religious instruction for all pupils who are members of a legally recognised church or religious community as a compulsory subject at public schools and schools enjoying public-sector status; religious education provided, conducted and directly supervised by the church or religious society; state school inspection as regards organisation and school-disciplinary matters, and the legal status of religion teachers. To ensure the basic rights of freedom of conscience and creed, the law also provides for an entitlement to withdraw from religious instruction.


School Education Act 1986 (Federal Law)

=Schulunterrichtsgesetz 1986 (SchUG) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the internal organisation of schooling in the schools this law applies to, in particular: admission to school; school instruction regulations; educational work and pupil assessment; progression, repeating of grades, maximum duration of attendance; final exams; internal school regulations; tasks of teachers; school and pupils, school and legal guardians, procedures (among other things, right to appeal against certain decisions of the school, e.g. of the school head, conference, examination board, especially any decision by the conference of class teachers that a pupil may not move up to the next year or failed to complete the final year of the school type attended).


School Education Act for Working Adults (Federal Law)

=Schulunterrichtsgesetz für Berufstätige (SchUG-B) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
The 1997 Act is a special law governing the internal organisation of schools for working adults that is tailored to the specific needs of adults concerning instruction and education.


School Inspection Mandate (General Directive)

=Aufgabenprofil der Schulaufsicht (Allgemeine Weisung) Directive of the Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture
Officials of the school inspectorate and teachers entrusted with school supervisory functions (school oversight organs) act in multiple ways within the framework of school inspection: school inspections shall be conducted in due respect of educational principles, and the principles of partnership shall be implemented in line with the requirements of effective supervision.


School Organisation Act (Federal Law)

=Schulorganisationsgesetz (SchOG) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the external organisation of public-sector general and vocational compulsory schools, medium and higher-level schools and teacher and supervisory-staff training establishments (except higher education and art academies as well as schools for agriculture and forestry), and in particular: the schools' tasks; structuring according to level and contents; general accessibility; freedom from tuition fees; curricula; pilot school projects (especially the introduction of pilot schemes to develop secondary level I), structure of the individual types of schools; admission requirements; forms of organisation, and the setting of the number of pupils per class.


School Periods Act 1985 (Federal Law)

=Schulzeitgesetz 1985 (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing school periods and instruction-free periods (holidays) within the statutory school year, as well as the division of the instruction year into semesters, of the school time within the school day, and on the duration of lessons and breaks.


School Traineeship Act (Federal Law)

=Unterrichtspraktikumsgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing traineeship of graduates of teacher-training study programmes leading to teacher accreditation and diploma programmes (humanities, science, Catholic theology, protestant theology), initiation of graduates into practical teaching at medium and higher-level secondary schools, and provision of opportunities for graduates to test their aptitudes for the teaching profession.


School/Church Law (Imperial Law)

=Schule – Kirche – Gesetz (Reichsgesetz) valid version
This law contains fundamental provisions on the relationship between school and church, especially the principle of state sovereignty over teaching and the principle of interconfessionality of public schooling.


Schooling Allowance Act 1983 (Federal Law)

=Schülerbeihilfengesetz 1983 (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the requirements in order to be eligible for school and boarding home allowances and the calculation of the amount of grants.


Service Code for Province Teachers employed under Private-law Contracts 1966 (Federal Law)

=Landesvertragslehrpersonengesetz 1966 (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Service code and provisions on the remuneration of province teachers employed under private-law contracts at primary schools, secondary general schools, special schools and Polytechnische Schulen and at Berufsschulen with the exception of Berufsschulen for agriculture and forestry.


Service Code for Province-employed Teachers (Federal Law)

=Landeslehrer-Dienstrechtsgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Service code for teachers employed by a province on the basis of public-law contracts and persons entitled to pension (retirement) payments arising from such employment relationship, particularly dealing with employment relationship, service, duties, annual standard as working time (except Berufsschule teaching staff), rights, performance assessment and disciplinary law, safety and health protection of teachers, and appointment requirements.


Teachers’ Duty of Supervision, Supervising Decree

=Die Aufsichtspflicht der Lehrerin und des Lehrers, Aufsichtserlass (Erlass des Bundesministeriums für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur) Erlasstext
Provides for the duty of supervision of the students at school by teachers, this further applies to all school events and school-related events in and outside the school buildings and grounds as far as necessary according to the age and maturity of students.


Vocational Training Act (Federal Law)

=Berufsausbildungsgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the vocational training of apprentices; listing of apprenticeable trades, authorised apprenticeship trainers, apprenticeship relationship and contract, period of apprenticeship, training regulations, pre-apprenticeship phase (to better include disadvantaged youths with placement impediments); subsidies for company-based apprenticeship training and training of apprentices at interworks training centres; crediting of school education for apprenticeship training.



Higher education

Federal Act on the University for Further Education Krems (Federal Act)

=Bundesgesetz über die Universität für Weiterbildung Krems (Bundesgesetz) valid version
As a university centre for further education and training, the Donau-Universität Krems is a body corporate under public law and an establishment of higher education for post-graduate further education and training.


Law on Hochschule Study Entitlement (Federal Law)

=Hochschul-Studienberechtigungsgesetz (Bundesgesetz) valid version
The law provides for the procedure and examination conferring entitlement to take up bachelor’s degree studies at University Colleges of Teacher Education (mainly regulations on admission and examination procedures, examination areas and requirements, recognition of examinations, examination boards, and certificates).


Students Support Act 1992 (Federal Act)

=Studienförderungsgesetz 1992 (StudFG 1992 ) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the granting of study grants and other supporting measures in order to provide a sound financial backing for students and to avoid the need for side-line employment.


Teacher Education Act 2005 (Federal Law)

=Hochschulgesetz 2005 (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Reform of initial compulsory teacher education and restructuring of the courses of study leading to teacher accreditation and diploma programmes (now degree programmes) for teachers of general compulsory schools and VET teachers by transforming Pädagogische Akademien, Berufspädagogische Akademien and Pädagogische Institute into Pädagogische Hochschule. This includes the awarding of bachelor-level degrees. Pädagogische Hochschulen are recognised post-secondary educational institutions pursuant to § 51(2) subpara 1 Universities Act. Their main tasks are to prepare, provide and conduct vocationally-oriented courses on a sound academic basis in initial, in-service and continued training for professional educational areas, particularly for the teaching profession. At any rate, all public Pädagogische Hochschulen will offer degree programmes leading to teacher accreditation at Volksschule and Hauptschule, and for teacher accreditation at Sonderschule and Polytechnische Schule as well as in vocational education and training as necessary. Vocationally-oriented academic research is also mandatory. The Act further covers Hochschule bodies, internal structure, design of the degree progammes, students’ rights and obligations, and academic degrees.


Union of Students Act 1998 (Federal Act)

=Hochschülerinnen- und Hochschülerschaftsgesetz 1998 (HSG 1998) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the tasks of the Austrian Union of Students (as a self-governing body): representation of the interests of its members and the material and non-material promotion of its members (students); technical support for students and counselling for prospective students. Provisions governing the set-up and organisation of student representative bodies at universities, universities of Applied Sciences, private universities and colleges.


Universities of Applied Sciences Studies Act (Federal Act)

=Fachhochschul-Studiengesetz (FHStG) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions governing the official recognition of study programmes as “Fachhochschule“ study programmes and conferral of the designation “Fachhochschule“ (University of Applied Sciences) as university-level study programmes that provide a sound scientifically-based education with regard to certain fields of academic professions. Aims and guiding principles, access, academic degrees, tasks of the “Fachhochschule“ Council, provider.


University Accreditation Act (Federal Act)

=Universitäts-Akkreditierungsgesetz (UniAkkG) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
This act governs the official accreditation of private educational institutions as private universities and the recognition of their study programmes as university-level study programmes. Aims and guiding principles, tasks of the Accreditation Council, provider.


University Act 2002 (Federal Law)

=Universitätsgesetz 2002 (UG 2002) (Bundesgesetz) valid version
English version
Under the Universities Act, the currently 21 Austrian universities were granted full autonomy. They have the status of legal entities under public law. The state, represented by the Ministry, still plays a statutory supervisory role and is the partner for the performance agreement with each university. Contracts, business transactions and recruitment will be managed by the universities on their own account. The senior bodies of the universities will be the university council, the rectorate and the senate.




Adult education

Federal Act on the Promotion of Adult Education and Public Libraries (Federal Law)

=Bundesgesetz über die Förderung der Erwachsenenbildung und des Volksbüchereiwesens aus Bundesmitteln (Bundesgesetz) valid version
Provisions on the obligation of the state to promote adult education and to award government subsidies for the purpose of continuous further education (development of individual talents, acquisition of knowledge, skills and of the capability and readiness to judge and to act responsibly). Listing of adult education institutions eligible to receive grants.




Legislation title list in German

General and pertaining to more levels

Allgemeines Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (ABGB) (Bundesgesetz)

Allgemeines Sozialversicherungsgesetz (ASVG) (Bundesgesetz)

Angestelltengesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Arbeitsmarktförderungsgesetz (AMFG) (Bundesgesetz)

Arbeitsmarktservicegesetz (AMFG) (Bundesgesetz)

Arbeitsverfassungsgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Beamten-Dienstrechtsgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Bildungsdokumentationsgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Bundes-Bedienstetenschutzgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Bundes-Personalvertretungsgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Bundes-Verfassungsgesetz (Verfassungsgesetz)

Bundesfinanzgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über äußere Rechtsverhältnisse der Evangelischen Kirche (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über äußere Rechtsverhältnisse der griechisch-orientalischen Kirche in Östereich (Orthodoxengesetz) (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über äußere Rechtsverhältnisse der orientalisch-orthodoxen Kirchen in Österreich (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über die Rechtspersönlichkeit von religiösen Bekenntnisgemeinschaften (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über finanzielle Leistungen an die Israelitische Religionsgesellschaft (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesministeriengesetz 1986 (BMG) (Bundesgesetz)

EU-Beitrittsvertrag (Vertrag)

Europäische Konvention zum Schutz der Menschenrechte und Grundfreiheiten (Bundesverfassungsgesetz)

Forstgesetz 1975 (Bundesgesetz)

Gehaltsgesetz 1956 (Bundesgesetz)

Gesetz betreffend die Anerkennung der Anhänger des Islam als Religionsgesellschaft (Reichsgesetz, Bundesgesetz)

Gesetz betreffend die gesetzliche Anerkennung von Religionsgesellschaften (Reichsgesetz)

Gesetz betreffend die Regelung der äußeren Rechtsverhältnisse der Israelitischen Religionsgesellschaft (Reichsgesetz, Bundesgesetz)

Gewerbeordnung 1994 (Bundesgesetz)

Jugendwohlfahrtsgesetz 1989 (Bundesgesetz)

Konkordat samt Zusatzprotokoll (Staatsvertrag)

Österreichischer Staatsvertrag von 1919 und 1955 (Bundesverfassungsgesetz)

Staatsgrundgesetz über die allgemeinen Rechte der Staatsbürger (Verfassungsgesetz)

Unabhängigkeitserklärung (Staatsgesetz)

Verordnung betreffend die islamische Glaubensgemeinschaft in Österreich (Verordnung)

Vertrag zwischen dem Heiligen Stuhl und der Republik Österreich zur Regelung von mit dem Schulwesen zusammenhängenden Fragen (Staatsvertrag)

Vertragsbedienstetengesetz 1948 (Bundesgesetz)

Volksgruppengesetz (Bundesgesetz)


Pre-school, school and vocational education

Aufgabenprofil der Schulaufsicht (Allgemeine Weisung)

Berufsausbildungsgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Bundes-Schulaufsichtsgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz betreffend die Grundsätze für land- und forstwirtschaftliche Berufsschulen (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz betreffend die Grundsätze für land- und forstwirtschaftliche Fachschulen (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über den Hebammenberuf(Hebammengesetz - HebG) (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über die Abgeltung von bestimmten Unterichts- und Erziehungstätigkeiten im Bereich des Bundesministeriums für Unterricht, Kunst und Sport und des Bundesministeriums für Land- und Forstwirtschaft(Lehrbeauftragtengesetz) (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über die Abgeltung von Prüfungstätigkeiten im Bereich des Schulwesens (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über die Berufsreifeprüfung (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über die Einrichtung eines Bundesinstitutes für Bildungsforschung, Innovation und Entwicklung des österreichischen Schulwesens (BIFIE-Gesetz 2008) (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über die Regelung der gehobenen medizinisch-technischen Dienste (MTD-Gesetz) (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über die Regelung des medizinisch-technischen Fachdienstes und der Sanitätshilfsdienste (MTF-SHD-G) (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über die religiöse Kindererziehung 1985 (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über Gesundheits- und Krankenpflegeberufe (Gesundheits- und Krankenpflegegesetz - GuKG) (Bundesgesetz)

Bundesgesetz über Schulen zur Ausbildung von Leibeserziehern und Sportlehrern (Bundesgesetz)

Bundeslehrer-Lehrverpflichtungsgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Die Aufsichtspflicht der Lehrerin und des Lehrers, Aufsichtserlass (Erlass des Bundesministeriums für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur)

Kardiotechnikergesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Land- und forstwirtschaftliches Berufsausbildungsgesetz (LFBAG) (Bundesgesetz)

Land- und forstwirtschaftliches Bundesschulgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Land- und forstwirtschaftliches Privatschulgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Landesgesetze für die land- und forstwirtschaftlichen Berufs- und Fachschulen (Landesgesetze)

Landeskindergartengesetze (der 9 Bundesländer) (Landesgesetze)

Landeslehrer-Diensthoheitsgesetze (Landesgesetze)

Landeslehrer-Dienstrechtsgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Landesvertragslehrergesetz 1966 (Bundesgesetz)

Lehrplan der Polytechnischen Schule (Verordnung)

Lehrpläne der Berufsschulen (Verordnung)

Lehrpläne der Hauptschulen (Verordnung)

Lehrpläne der Volksschule und der Sonderschulen (Verordnung)

Leistungsbeurteilungsverordnung (Verordnung)

Medizinischer Masseur- und Heilmasseurgesetz (MMHmG) (Bundesgesetz)

Minderheiten-Schulgesetz für das Burgenland (Bundesgesetz)

Minderheiten-Schulgesetz für Kärnten (Bundesgesetz)

Pflichtschulerhaltungs-Grundsatzgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Privatschulgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Religionsunterrichtsgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Sanitätergesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Schule – Kirche – Gesetz (Reichsgesetz)

Schülerbeihilfengesetz 1983 (Bundesgesetz)

Schülervertretungengesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Schulorganisationsgesetz (SchOG) (Bundesgesetz)

Schulpflichtgesetz 1985 (Bundesgesetz)

Schulunterrichtsgesetz 1986 (SchUG) (Bundesgesetz)

Schulunterrichtsgesetz für Berufstätige (SchUG-B) (Bundesgesetz)

Schulveranstaltungenverordnung 1995 (Verordnung)

Schulzeitgesetz 1985 (Bundesgesetz)

Schulzeitverordnung (Verordnung) BMUKK

Unterrichtspraktikumsgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Verordnung betreffend die Schulordnung (Verordnung)

Verordnung über Bildungsstandards im Schulwesen 2009 (Verordnung)


Higher education

Bundesgesetz über die Universität für Weiterbildung Krems (Bundesgesetz)

Fachhochschul-Studiengesetz (FHStG) (Bundesgesetz)

Hochschul-Studienberechtigungsgesetz (Bundesgesetz)

Hochschülerinnen- und Hochschülerschaftsgesetz 1998 (HSG 1998) (Bundesgesetz)

Hochschulgesetz 2005 (Bundesgesetz)

Studienförderungsgesetz 1992 (StudFG 1992 ) (Bundesgesetz)

Universitäts-Akkreditierungsgesetz (UniAkkG) (Bundesgesetz)

Universitätsgesetz 2002 (UG 2002) (Bundesgesetz)


Adult education

Bundesgesetz über die Förderung der Erwachsenenbildung und des Volksbüchereiwesens aus Bundesmitteln (Bundesgesetz)