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Ombud for Equal Treatment

AUSTRIA: Ombud for Equal Treatment

Main Informations


- provides legal advice and support for persons who feel discriminated against,
- supports people to assert their right to equal treatment,
- provides information about Equal Treatment law
- documents discrimination
- The Ombuds service is confidential and free of cost

Brief history

Date of establishment: 01.01.1991, based on Equal Treatment Act, BGBl Nr. 410/1990;
• Legal basis since 2004: Equal Treatment Act and Act relating to the Ombud for Equal Treatment and the Equal Treatment Commission, BGBl. Nr. 98/2008;
• Status: Office of the Federal Chancellery with an amendment of the Austrian Federal Ministries Act BGBl I Nr. 11/2014; independent with regard to legal competences and information

Mandate type
  • Predominantly promotion-type and legal support body
Litigation powers
  • Representing in front of Equal Treatment Commission
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnono
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)nonoyesyesyesyesyesyesnono
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)noyesyesyesyesyesnoyesnono
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnono
Publications and reportsnoyesyesyesyesyesyesyesnono
Research projects (including surveys)nonoyesyesnoyesnononono
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)48344444489942983787347630203113no datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)no datano datano datano datano datano data733709no datano data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano datano datano datano datano datano data2764no datano data
  • Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
Management details

The organisation is managed by a director. The three divisions of Equal Treatment between Women and Men in Employment and Occupation, Equal Treatment irrespective of Ethnic Origin, Religion or Belief, Age or Sexual Orientation in Employment and Occupation and Equal Treatment irrespective of Ethnic Origin and Gender in other areas are managed by their respective Ombuds.The regional offices are managed by Regional Ombuds.

Additional details

The organisation consists of a central office with three divisions and legal competences for five discrimination grounds and of four regional offices with legal competences for equal treatment between women and men in employment.

Procedure for nomination and appointment of management and board

The ombuds are appointed by the Federal Chancellor.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
292929303031282828no data
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identityyesnoyesnoyes
Race and Ethnic Originyesyesyesyesyes
Sexual Orientationyesnononono
Religion & Beliefyesnononono
Mandate covers:
  • Private sector
Operating budget in euros
50.00050.00050.00050.00061.00061.00061.00065.00065.000no data
Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
50.00050.00050.00050.00061.00061.00065.00065.00065.000no data
We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament

Related News


The Austrian Ombud for Equal Treatment celebrates its 27th year in 2018, which also marks the 15th anniversary of the implementation of European legislation on the setting up of equality bodies.
This symposium aimed to address some of the hot topics in the context of anti-discrimination law and equality bodies, as well as celebrate the retirement of the outgoing Ombud, Ingrid Nikolay-Leitner.


Discrimination in the housing market is forbidden, and we all have the right to an adequate standard of living. Race/Ethnic Origin and Gender cannot be used as reasons to deny someone a home.


On the occasion of the Equinet board meeting in Vienna, the Austrian Ombud for Equal Treatment is hosting a side-event in the House of the European Union to discuss the links between the UN-Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and equality bodies.


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General Contact Information

Full name in English:

Ombud for Equal Treatment

Full name in the national language(s):

Anwaltschaft für Gleichbehandlung

Postal address:
Taubstummengasse 11 1040 Wien Austria

General email address:

0800 206 119

Telephone number:

+43 1 5320244

Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

German, English

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Sandra Konstatzky

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Sandra Konstatzky

Engagement with Equinet

Cluster : Working Group : Research & Data Collection
Elke Lujansky-Lammer
Sandra Konstatzky
Suanne Prisching
Working Group: Communication
Monika Ritter, Elke Lujansky-Lammer
Working Group: Gender Equality
Flora Alvarado-Dupuy
Working Group: Equality Law
Marija Petricevic
Working Group: Policy Formation
Constanze Pritz-Blazek
Executive Board Member
Sandra Konstatzky

Contact Person


Sandra Konstatzky