federal Ministry of Internal Affairs

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AustriaAustria  Federal Ministry of the Interior
Austrian Authority
State level Federation
Position of the authority Federal Ministry
founding 1848 (Imperial and Royal Ministry of the Interior), 1918 (State Office of the Interior), 1920 Federal Ministry of the Interior, 1945 re-establishment
Headquarters Vienna 1. , Herrengasse  7 (ZIP 1010)
Authority management Karl Nehammer , Federal Minister of the Interior
Budget volume EUR 3.34 billion (2020)
Website www.bmi.gv.at
Karl Nehammer , Federal Minister of the Interior
The Federal Ministry of the Interior on Vienna's Minoritenplatz

The Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior ( BMI or Ministry of the Interior for short ) is the Security Authority III. Authority and in particular for the security system , also responsible for matters of citizenship , elections , referendums and referendums . Head of the ministry is the Federal Minister of the Interior , currently Karl Nehammer .


In the Austrian Empire , from 1867 in Cisleithanien , the western part of Austria-Hungary , the Imperial and Royal Ministry of the Interior existed from 1848 to 1918 . First department chief was, a week after the fall of Metternich in the revolution of Emperor Ferdinand I appointed on 20 March 1848 Franz Piller village . The ministers were appointed and dismissed by the emperor without the involvement of parliamentary bodies. The last Imperial Minister of the Interior was Edmund Ritter von Gayer , who handed over his German-Austrian agendas at the beginning of November 1918 to the State Secretary of the Interior, Heinrich Mataja , appointed on October 30, 1918 , and was formally dismissed by the resigning Emperor Karl I on November 11, 1918. The BMI's predecessor institutions were called the State Office of the Interior in 1918/1919 , after the merger with the Ministry of Education until 1920, the State Office for the Interior and Education . With the entry into force of the Federal Constitutional Law , the name changed to the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Education . In 1923 the ministry was incorporated into the Federal Chancellery , where it remained until 1938 - as a portfolio of security and internal administration matters . From 1929 the head of department was appointed Federal Minister (for internal affairs). From 1932 there was also a special Federal Minister for Security , also subordinate to the Federal Chancellor. The current name of the Federal Ministry of the Interior has existed since 1945 . In the Federal Government Faymann I there was a State Secretariat for Integration in the Ministry of the Interior from April 21, 2011 until the inauguration of the new government on December 16, 2013 , State Secretary was Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP).


The Federal Ministry of the Interior is responsible for:

  • Security matters insofar as they do not fall within the sphere of activity of another federal ministry.
    • Maintaining public peace, order and security; Measures to restore the subjective and objective safety of crime victims.
    • Weapons, ammunition and explosives, shooting with the exception of military weapons, shooting and ammunition as well as explosives and guns in mining.
    • International police cooperation.
    • Monitoring of entry into and exit from the federal territory; Immigration and emigration.
    • Aliens police and registration systems, including matters relating to the register of residents.
    • Investigation of border incidents.
    • Residence ban, expulsion and deportation; Asylum; Extradition matters that are not to be carried out by the judicial authorities.
    • Census systems.
    • Association and assembly law.
    • Matters of the press police that are not concerned with the administration of criminal justice, including those relating to new media.
    • Heraldic being.
    • Event management.
    • Passport matters with the exception of diplomatic passport matters.
    • Assistance in the event of natural forces and accidents, including matters relating to rescue services and the fire brigade.
    • Coordination in matters of state crisis management and state disaster control management;
    • Participation in event-related crisis management. International disaster relief.
    • Civil defense matters insofar as they do not fall within the scope of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.
    • Traffic education and traffic statistics as well as procurement and maintenance of facilities for the monitoring of road traffic within the framework of the involvement of the federal police in matters of the road police.
  • Affairs of state borders with the exception of their surveying and marking.
  • Matters relating to the organization and operations of the Federal Police and other security guards, insofar as they do not fall within the scope of another Federal Ministry.
  • Citizenship and Home Law Matters.
  • Civil status matters, unless they are to be carried out by the judicial authorities.
    • Matters of naming law, keeping of civil registers and administrative marriage matters.
  • Matters relating to elections, referendums, referendums and referendums based on the Federal Constitution, as well as matters relating to elections to the European Parliament and European citizens' initiatives.
  • Affairs of the organization of internal administration in the countries.
  • Affairs of the municipalities and associations of municipalities, insofar as they do not fall within the scope of the Federal Chancellery.
  • Matters of the foundation and fund system, insofar as they do not fall within the scope of another federal ministry.
  • War Grave Welfare Affairs.
  • Guided tour of the Mauthausen Memorial (Mauthausen Memorial).
  • State administration matters that are not expressly assigned to another Federal Ministry.


The Federal Ministry of the Interior is structured as follows.

  • Federal Minister of the Interior
    • Cabinet of the Federal Minister
  • Secretary General
    • Data protection officer of the Federal Minister of the Interior (DSBa-BMI)
    • IR Department: Internal Audit
    • Section I: Presidium
      • Department I / 11: Security Policy
      • Group I / A: personnel, organization, budget, training
        • Center for Organizational Culture and Equal Treatment (ZOG)
        • Department I / 1: Human Resources
        • Department I / 2: Organization and administrative reform
        • Department I / 3: Budget and Controlling
        • Department I / 9: Security Academy - SIAK
      • Group I / B: International, EU, Protocol
        • Division I / 4: International Affairs
        • Division I / 7: EU Affairs
        • Department I / 8: Protocol and Event Management
      • Group I / C: Public Relations, Health, Psychology, Sports
        • Department I / 5: Public Relations
        • Department I / 10: Medical and Health Matters
        • Department I / 12: Psychological Service
        • Department I / 13: Sports Matters
    • Section II: General Directorate for Public Security
      • Operations and Coordination Center (EKC)
      • Division II / 8: Principle and Strategy DG
      • Department II / 13: SKKM - State Crisis and Disaster Management and Coordination of Civil Security (including the Federal Warning Center and Civil Protection )
      • Special Unit for Observation (SEO)
      • Special Unit Task Force Cobra / Directorate for Special Forces (EKO Cobra / DSE)
        • Department II / DSE / 1: Personnel, Logistics, Budget
        • Department II / DSE / 2: Training, special and special operations
        • Department II / DSE / 3: Operational management of the special unit task force Cobra
      • Group II / A: Organization, service operations and use
        • Data protection officer of the state police directorates (DSBa-LPD)
        • Department II / 1: Organization, service operations and analysis
        • Department II / 2: Mission matters (including executive service )
        • Department II / 7: Aviation Police
        • Department II / 12: Federal Police Traffic Service
      • Group II / C: Resource Management and ICT DG
        • Department II / 10: Budget, Controlling and Resources DG
        • Department II / 14: Information and communication technology management GD - ICT GD
      • Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Combating Terrorism (.BVT)
        • Department II / BAT / 1: Administration and services
        • Department II / BAT / 2: Information gathering and identification
        • Division II / BAT / 3: Safety and Protection
        • Department II / BAT / 4: Information management and analysis
        • Division II / BAT / 5: Cybersecurity
        • Department II / BAT / 6: Special operations and logistics
      • Federal Criminal Police Office (.BK)
    • Section III: Law
      • Department III / 6: Electoral Matters
      • Department III / 10: Fundamental and Human Rights Matters
      • Group III / A: Legistics and Law
        • Department III / 1: Legistics
        • Department III / 3: Security Administration (including passport systems)
        • Department III / 7: Legal Affairs and Data Protection
        • Department III / 11: Procurement and Contract Matters
      • Federal Office for the Prevention and Fight against Corruption (BAK)
        • Single point of contact (III / BAK / SPOC)
        • Department III / BAK / 1: Resources, Support and Legal
        • Department III / BAK / 2: Prevention, Education and International Cooperation
        • Department III / BAK / 3: Operational service
    • Section IV: Service
      • Group IV / A: Economy, Space and Technology
        • Department IV / 1: Technical equipment
        • Department IV / 3: Construction matters, real estate management and war grave care
        • Department IV / 4: Central Services
      • Group IV / B: Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
        • Department IV / 2: ICT service delivery
        • Division IV / 6: ICT strategy and ICT governance
        • Department IV / 8: Design and operation of critical communication infrastructures
        • Division IV / 9: Registers and Register Services
    • Section V: Aliens
      • Department V / 11: Resources
      • Group V / A: policy issues, national and international migration strategy, residence
        • Department V / 1: Policy matters
        • Department V / 2: Residence and Citizenship Management
        • Department V / 5: National and International Migration Strategy
      • Group V / B: border and immigration police
        • Department V / 4: Funding
        • Department V / 6: Integrated Border Management
        • Department V / 7: Aliens Police
      • Group V / C: Asylum and Return
        • Department V / 8: Asylum
        • Department V / 9: Basic Services
        • Department V / 10: return, reintegration and quality development

Under Federal Minister Strasser, the old division of Section II into groups ( Group A : Federal Police, Group B : Central Gendarmerie Command, Group C : State Police Service, Group D : Criminal Police Service, Group E : Administrative Police Service and Group F : Planning and Training) was in favor of one Structure in departments and units changed. In 2010, the groups in Section II were reintroduced.

Fund holdings

The Federal Ministry participates in or is operated by several funds :

  • Federal Police Support Institute
  • Federal Police Welfare Fund
According to the statutes of the Federal Police's Welfare Fund, the aim of the Federal Police's Welfare Fund is to support employees of the Federal Ministry of the Interior in need, in particular the employees of the Vienna State Police Department, the city police commanders outside Vienna and the employees who are eligible to vote for the Central Committee of the Security Administration's employees, as well as their survivors, by granting support and repayable loans.
  • Welfare fund for the federal executive branch
According to the statutes, the Welfare Fund for the Executive has the purpose to grant children of executive members for three places of the executive at the Theresian Academy of Education in agreement with the Ministry of Education, to grant grants to members of the executive who are on duty as a result of an injury or illness are in dire straits and to grant aid to survivors.
  • Gendarmerie anniversary fund 1949
According to the statutes of the Gendarmeriejubiläumsfonds-GJF 1949, the purpose of the fund is to support needy employees of the state police departments and their subordinate departments (except LPD Vienna), and the members of the federal police guard in the Federal Ministry of the Interior or their surviving dependents by granting financial assistance and repayable loans.

The Vienna City Expansion Fund , which was dissolved in 2017 , also belonged to the Ministry of the Interior.

See also

Web links

Commons : Federal Ministry of the Interior  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Federal Finance Act 2020. (PDF) Federal Ministry of Finance, accessed on June 21, 2020 (p. 550).
  2. ^ Federal Ministries Act 1986. Accessed on January 29, 2020 .
  3. Business division of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Retrieved July 2, 2020 .