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After working as assistant and lector at the university, she was employed by the Ministry of Social Affairs.
During the first mailbomb series of Austrian terrorist Franz Fuchs, on December 5, 1993 a mailbomb targeted at her was discovered and neutralized. The same day Vienna's mayor Helmut Zilk was seriously injured by another mailbomb.
From 1986 to 1987 Petrovic was politically engaged in the Döbling Greens. 1987 she became federal state chairwoman of the Vienna Greens. In 1990 she became Member of the National Council of Austria (Nationalrat). In 1994 and 1995 she was leading candidate during the campaign to the National Council elections. From 1994 to 1996 she was federal spokesperson of the Austrian Greens. Until 1999 she was chairwoman of the parliamentary club of the Greens in the national council. Since 2001 she has been vice-spokesperson for the Austrian Greens.