Federal Academy of Finance

In cooperation with the human resources development department of the Ministry of Finance the Federal Academy of Finance is in charge of all activities in the field of education for employees of the financial administration.

Learning is a key part of the organizational culture in the Ministry of Finance. The effective use of the skills and the abilities of our employees with the goal of achieving the best possible performance on behalf of the citizens of Austria is our number one priority.

The lecturers and tutors at the Federal Academy of Finance are predominantly internal professionals. In the areas of management, social and methodological expertise, the Academy cooperates with recognized trainers and private business institutions.International contacts and cooperation with the European Commission/TAXUD and IOTA in the area of training ensure the knowledge transfer of latest trends in the area of education and training and provide international learning possibilities within the scope of international programs for the employees of the Ministry of Finance.

Tasks

To achieve the objectives in the field of education the core task of the Federal Academy of Finance is to provide together with internal and external partners, lecturers and trainers and by using all technical possibilities a variety of educational offerings in the form of training courses, seminars and e-learning. Nationwide on average 800 – 1000 trainings per year are offered from 300 different topics.

Organisation

Since 2004 the Federal Academy of Finance is an independent administrative authority with budget responsibility and accountable to the Directorate General for Corporate Operations and Services.  The human resources plan in the federal budget law 2009 foresees 69 employees for the Federal Academy of Finance.

The headquarters of the Federal Academy of Finance are located at Sonnwendgasse 13, 1100 Vienna, Austria. In addition there are regional branches in the cities of Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck.

Organizational chart – Federal Academy of Finance

Name
Federal Academy of Finance
Address
Sonnwendgasse 13, A-1100 Vienna
Telephone
+43 50 233 571
Fax
+43 50 233 5971000

Educational offerings

Basic education

The Austrian Financial Authority attaches considerable importance to a basic education in which colleagues are provided with important basic information and an overview of the corresponding administrative field. There is a total of three basic educational branches – Tax, Customs, General Services – which are governed in the Federal Ministry of Finance regulation concerning the basic education and training of employees in the departments of the Ministry (basic educational regulation, BMF), BGBI. II no. 308/2009 of 29 September 2009.

Within the scope of a practical period of training of about 12 months, the tasks and activities in all departments of the authorities are experienced on the job and consolidated during the theoretical training at the Federal Academy of Finance. The knowledge and skills gained within the scope of the basic training are then tested in written and oral professional examinations which must be taken within two years in order to join the financial administration.

Number of modules and duration

Administrative branch

Level

Number of modules

Total duration in days

Level

Number of modules

Total duration in days

General service

A1/v1


A2/v2

9

30

A3/v3

7

22

Tax administration

A1/v1


A2/v2

6

108

A3/v3

6

92

Customs administration

A1/v1


A2/v2

6

122

A3/v3

6

87

Clarification of the table

  • A1 and/or v1 = Graduates of certain areas of study
  • A2 and/or v2 = Those with the ‘Matura’ certificate (Austrian Grammar School Leaving Certificate)
  • A3 and/or v3 = Those with the ‘Hauptschule’ certificate (Austrian Technical Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

Modules are individual courses of differing duration. Some modules can be completed within the scope of self study, without having to attend classes. Supporting e-learning programs are available which provide the individual contents.

Operational training

Operational training supplements the basic training and consolidates the knowledge previously learned. Participation in the operational training is generally obligatory in order to be able to guarantee the uniform quality standard of the employees. Operational training is available for all areas of field work and for the special units in the tax and customs administration.

Further training

Further training offers represent the most extensive part of the educational activities in the Ministry of Finance. Those trainings support the individual teams in the upkeep and further development of their professional expertise and assist the individual departments in ensuring the uniform application of the law. In addition, all areas of personal development – adapted to the corresponding functions – are covered by attractive offers.

Different methods are applied in the area of further training, with a strong focus on Web 2.0. In recognition of the importance of sound interpersonal communications, a balanced combination of presence-seminars and e-learning is offered.