The Austrian Disability Ombudsman supports persons who feel discriminated against on the grounds of disability.
Protection against discrimination by law encompasses employment-related issues as well as access to goods and services.
The Austrian Disability Ombudsman was founded in 2006 by an Act of Parliament together with the introduction of a major shift in anti-discrimination law regarding Austria’s implementation of directive EC 78/2000.
The Austrian Disability Ombudsman supports individual persons as well as closely works with NGOs, thus having gained a broad acceptance which also reflects on steadily rising case numbers.
Bringing proceedings in the name of the equality body [with or without an identifiable victim] but on behalf of one or more individual person(s) who consents to this.
|Goods and Services||Disability|
|Social Protection & Healthcare||Disability|
Standalone dedicated national equality body
|Number of cases handled||737||803||6322||644||646||696||754||715|
|Number of inquiries||1411||1712||1391||1376||1461||1365||1422||1383|
|Number of litigation cases||1||1||1||1||1|
Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
The Austrian Disability Ombudsman is appointed by the Minister of Social Affairs for a 4-year term.
To fulfill his duty, the Ombudsman is supported by an office of 8 staff members.
This institution does not have regional officies.
|Number of staff members working on equality||6||6||6||7||8||8||8||7|
|Operating budget in euros [ACTUAL]||31000||41000||67000||49500|
|Operating budget in euros [ALLOCATED]||31000||41000||67000||49500|
|Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions) [ACTUAL]||49500|
|Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions) [ALLOCATED]||49500|