The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces

The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces accepts and verifies complaints from soldiers or conscripts. The Commission consists of from the National Council elected and from the political parties selected members. The term of office is six years.

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  • Volunteers for pre-enlistment fitness examination or trainee service
  • Persons liable to pre-enlistment fitness examination
  • Soldiers of either sex
  • Soldier's representatives
  • Sonscripts in the militia or reserve
  • Persons having undergone trainee service

The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces has to accept complaints lodged directly or indirectly in writing or orally and – unless the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces finds the alleged reason for the complaint negligible – to examine it and decide upon recommendations pertaining to its settlement.

In addition, the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces is entitled to investigate ex officio shortcomings or grievances within the military, suspected by the Commission.

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The group who is entitled can lodge a complaint concerning shortcomings or deficiencies within the military, especially regarding personal injustices or encroachments upon professional competencies.

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Contact

Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces
Karl Schneemann, Head of Office
Roßauer Lände 1
1090 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43 50 201 10­21 050, +43 1 319 80 89
Fax: +43 50 201 10 17 142
bundesheer.beschwerden@parlament.gv.at

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The right to lodge a complaint expires one year after the issue giving rise to the complaint has become known to the complainant, in any case two years after the issue giving rise to the complaint has become void.

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The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces for complaints is established at the Federal Ministry of Defence (section 4, 2001 Defence Act). The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces specifically displays her tasks for the democratic principle of the Austrian legal system in the military area. This institution is an independent and discrete democratically legitimised monitoring body of the National Council of the Austrian Parliament. It was founded already in 1955 with the originally name "Complaints Commission for military tasks". The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces is made up of thirteen persons: three chairpersons, who alternate during their administration, as well as ten further members. The chairpersons are elected by the National Council. The other members are nominated by the political parties, in proportion to their number of seats on the Principal Committee of the National Council. A term of office of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces is six years. The current term of office has started on 1st of January 2021 and ends on 31st of December 2026.

The advisory members of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces are the Chief of Defence Staff, the Head of Section I at the Federal Ministry of Defence as well as an expert for military medical issues. They do not have a voting right.

The Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces is also dedicated in international matters. It is the aim to improve and strengthen the international cooperation among all Ombudsman Institutions for the Armed Forces in order to protect the rights of all soldiers. After the foundation conference 2009 in Berlin, Ombudsinstitutions met 2010 at the Austrian Parliament in Vienna and concluded the "Vienna Memorandum". The follow-up conferences took place in Africa, America, Australia and Europe, covering the collective good and interests of all soldiers. In 2023 the ICOAF will take place in Vienna.

Presidium of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces

Members of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces

  • Mag. Helmut Brandl, Secretary to the Parliamentary Party (ÖVP)
  • Mag. Michael Hammer, Member of the National Council (ÖVP)
  • Ing. Manfred Hofinger, Member of the National Council (ÖVP)
  • Norbert Sieber, Member of the National Council (ÖVP)
  • Mag. Gisela Wurm, former Member of the National Council (SPÖ)
  • Christian Schiesser, Secretary to the Parliamentary Party (SPÖ)
  • Ing. Mag. Volker Reifenberger, Member of the National Council (FPÖ)
  • David Stögmüller, Member of the National Council (GRÜNE)
  • Nikolaus Kunrath, Member of the Provincial Parliament (GRÜNE)
  • Dr. Friedhelm Frischenschlager, former Federal Minister of Defence (NEOS)
Jahresberichte

Unterpunkte anzeigen Annual reports of the Austrian Parliamentary Commission for the Federal Armed Forces

International Conferences

Website of the International Conferences of Ombuds Institutions for Armed Forces (ICOAF)