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eGovernment in Practise

Projects of public administration on the Internet

RIS – The legal information system of the federal government

It is one of the oldest projects of public administration on the Internet: The "legal information system" has already existed since 1997. The legal information system of the federal government (RIS) is operated by the Federal Chancellery and is used primarily for announcing the legal regulations that have to be announced in the Federal Law Gazette (BGBl) and the information about the law of the Republic of Austria. In the development, in particular the requirements of citizens, of the interested public, of business (for instance the representatives of legal-advisory professions such as lawyers and notaries) were taken into account.

The search mask is accessible (e.g., for people with disabilities), easy to use and provides the respective legal regulations in a matter of seconds on a certain keyword. Since 2004, the Federal Law Gazettes and since 2015 all provincial law gazettes have been solely announced in the legal information system in a legally binding form. Since 2016, the Official Veterinary Notifications (AVN) of the Federal Ministry for Health and Women’s Affairs as well as the official announcements of the social insurance organisation have been announced in a legally binding manner on the RIS. Here too, the electronic signature and the electronic seal  come into play again: In order to ensure the authenticity and integrity of the legal regulations, all published legal regulations bear an electronic signature or are electronically sealed.

In addition to the Federal Law Gazettes, there are also links to EU law (EUR-Lex), the provincial law gazettes and the applicable and historical federal and provincial law in its consolidated version. The legislation of the supreme courts (the Supreme Court of Justice, the Constitutional Court, Administrative Court), of the federal and the nine provincial administrative courts and other committees and/or tribunals is also included. Selected regulations of the federal ministries round off the offering. The scope of the legal information system is also being continually extended to also include e.g. historical regulations.

Currently, around 1.5 million documents are stored in the RIS; every month, individual documents are accessed around 170 million times.


The Electronic Health File (ELGA)

With the electronic health file (ELGA), an information system is planned that facilitates a secured, location and time-independent access to important health data (preliminary findings, letters of discharge, laboratory, radiology, drugs). Patients as well as health service providers (hospitals, doctors' practices, chemists, nursing facilities) can access it. Only in the case of medical treatment (and only in this context) does ELGA network already existing health-related data and information relating to a clearly identified person. Data protection has the highest priority here.

The ELGA citizen's portal (health portal) will in future facilitate a straightforward and secure access to their own findings for citizens. The citizens themselves determine participation in ELGA and access to ELGA data. As a result of the "opt-out" regulation stipulated by law, it is possible to determine as a citizen whether you would like to participate in ELGA at all or in part, e.g. only for the e-medication.


Electronic health file ELGA (in German)

Data Processing Register (DVR): Access to DVR Online for authorities

Since 1 September 2012, reports to the data processing register (DVR) are accepted solely via the data application DVR Online. Exceptions are only permitted in the event of longer lasting disruptions in operation to the online service and manual files that have to be reported.

The Data Processing Register also has been retrievable online and free of charge worldwide for anybody without log-in or registration since 1 September 2012. The access to register data is thus considerably simpler and quicker.

The access for authorities is done via the portal group (Portalverbund). Reporting data to the DVR can be communicated simply and quickly via a web service or recorded via the user interface.

Further information

Data protection authority (in German)