Sozialministerium - Arbeitsinspektion

The Labour Inspectorate

The Labour Inspectorate is the largest authority for the monitoring of employment conditions in Austria. Its sphere of competence covers the majority of employees.

Only the following groups are excepted:

  • The employees of the provinces and local authorities who do not work for a company
  • Employees in agriculture and forestry
  • The institutions operated by legally recognised religious communities
  • Private households

The Labour Inspectorate monitors the protection of the lives and health of employees, adherence to the provisions on working hours and rest periods, the employment of children and young people, and the protection of pregnant women and nursing mothers.

It does not inspect employment contracts, collective agreements, illegal employment or wage and social dumping. There are separate authorities for these issues as well as the Labour and Social Court. Special regulations apply for persons who work from home.

The Labour Inspectorate is divided into 19 regional offices as well as a separate Labour Inspectorate for construction work.

The number and location of the regional inspectorates have historical reasons. There is at least one inspectorate in each of the nine provinces. Others have been established in big industrial areas.


For the region of Vienna and the surrounding communities six regional inspectorates have been established.


Four of the six regional inspectorates in Vienna cover only companies within the city boundaries. The areas of responsibility of two labour inspectorates reach far into regions of Lower Austria, bordering Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic.

Last update: 26.01.2016

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