Whistleblowers protection already in place
Austria doesn’t have a comprehensive whistleblowing protection law in place.
Civil society urges the government to expand EU Directive’s requirements and to make further recommendations on the scope of application, in order to cover national crimes and competition law.
Current implementation status
A preliminary draft law of Austria’s “HinweisgeberInnnenschutzgesetz or HSchG” – the country’s new whistleblower protection law – was published in June 2022 and it is expected to come into force in early autumn. Currently only the states of Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Burgenland have laws in place protecting whistleblowers and the new legislation will bring the country to both a universal national and European standard of protection.
Legal experts, civil society, and the Commission strongly encourage the Austrian Government to extend the protection of whistleblowers beyond breaches of EU law. It is also unclear whether anonymous reports will be investigated under the new legislation and if there will be sanctions for false reporting.
The EU Commission has begun infringement proceedings against Austria after they failed to meet the 17 December 2021 deadline to transpose the EU Directive on whistleblowing. Almost two months after the deadline, neither a draft was presented nor the review process started.
The final draft for the law proposal remains to be available.
In anticipation, you can evaluate your reporting system in place and highlight areas of improvement with our self-assessment template.
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