Familiy benefits in Austria

Notification of Pregnancy  

Working students need to inform their employers about their pregnancy and the expected date of birth. This is done by means of an official notification of pregnancy and a doctor's note stating the expected date of birth.

Students working in laboratories at the University of Innsbruck should contact the occupational health physician Dr. Elisabeth Oberrauch-Genser or the Department for Safety and Health immediately after they find out about their pregnancy.

Link: Occupational Medicine of the University of Innsbruck

University of Innsbruck employees will also find all information and forms regarding pregnancy on the website of the Personnel Department.

Mother-Child-Booklet [Mutter-Kind-Pass] 

In Austria, the Mother-Child-Booklet with its planned medical examinations is an important and mandatory document of preventive healthcare for mothers and children. Moreover, evidence that the compulsory medical examinations have taken place is necessary for claiming childcare allowance. Usually, the Mother-and-Child-Pass is issued by a gynecologist.

Tip: Please make sure that the free-of-charge Mother-Child-Booklet examinations are carried out in time! For receiving the full amount of child allowance, you need to file evidence of the first ten Mother-and-Child Pass examinations with the pertinent health insurance organization.

A free-of-charge consultation hour with a midwife is possible between the 18th and 22nd week of pregnancy!

Link: Mutter-Kind-Pass

Maternity Protection Leave [Mutterschutz]  

It is prohibited by law for expectant mothers to work 8 weeks before and 8 weeks after the birth of the child (this changes to 12 weeks in the case of premature births, multiple births or caesarian sections).

Link: Maternity Protection

Maternity Allowance  

During the statutory maternity leave, working mothers are entitled to maternity allowance [Wochengeld]. An application for maternity allowance needs to be filed with the pertinent health insurance institution (starting eight weeks before the expected date of birth). Maternity allowance is paid out monthly at the end of the respective month.

The following are entitled to maternity allowance: employed women, marginally employed women with voluntary self-insurance and fully insured freelancers.

Link: maternity allowance

Family Allowance, Tax Credit for Children and Multiple-Child Supplement  

Persons with their (habitual) residence in Austria are entitled to family allowance – independent of income and job. In general, the mother is entitled to receive the family allowance, which is paid out monthly. The amount of the allowance depends on the age of the children. The number of children is taken into account via supplements (=sibling supplement scale). The tax credit for children is paid out together with the family allowance, and it is not necessary to file a separate application. If you are entitled to a family allowance for at least three children, you can also apply for a multiple-child supplement!

Students can receive family allowance up to the age of 24. Under certain circumstances, for example pregnancy and childcare obligations for one's own child, family allowance can be received up to the age of 25.

Information in English  (Family Allowance and Tax Credit for Children)

Parental Leave  

Parental leave from the workforce with suspension of remuneration is available up to the child's 2nd birthday. The minimum duration of parental leave is two months and can be divided up twice between the parents (= three shares of parental leave). However, parents may not take parental leave at the same time (exception: when parents alternate parental leave for the first time, their parental leave may overlap for one month, which shortens the claim to parental leave by one month). Each parent can postpone 3 months of parental leave (at the most until the child has completed his/her 7th year of life).

Information in English (Parental Leave)

Parental Part-Time Work  

Up to the 7th birthday of their child, parents have the possibility to reduce their worktime. Information about the pre-conditions for doing so can be found in the links below.

Important: Parental part-time work is possible only, if the other parent is not using parental leave at the same time. However, both parents can reduce their worktime simultaneously (parental leave).

Link: parental leave

Childcare Allowance  

The Childcare Allowance Act offers two systems:

  • Childcare allowance account [Kinderbetreuungsgeld-Konto]: This option acknowledges the parents' childcare obligations and partially compensates them. Parents receive the flat-rate childcare allowance independent of their employment before the birth of the child.
  • Income-related childcare allowance Income-related childcare allowance gives parents who want to take only a short parental leave of absence and who have a higher income the possibility to receive income replacement during that time.

Links: Childcare Allowance HELP.gv.at



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