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General Information about Childcare Allowance

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Options

The amount of childcare allowance is based upon the payment scheme you have chosen. You may choose between the following options:

Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance

Option 30 plus 6

Amount

14.53 euro per day (approximately 436 euro per month)

The monthly amount may vary slightly depending on whether the month has 31, 30 or 28 days.

Duration of Allowance

  • If one parent claims childcare allowance:
    Until the child is 30 months old
  • If both parents claim childcare allowance:
    The period during which the allowance may be claimed will be extended by the number of months for which the other parent claimed the allowance up to a maximum period of 36 months following the birth of the child (one parent may draw childcare allowance for a maximum period of 30 months; parents may alternate claims no more than twice so that there are no more than three payment blocks; minimum duration of one block: two months)
Option 20 plus 4

Amount

20.80 euro per day (approximately 624 euro per month)

The monthly amount may vary slightly depending on whether the month has 31, 30 or 28 days.

Duration of Allowance

  • If one parent claims childcare allowance:
    Until the child is 20 months old
  • If both parents claim childcare allowance:
    The period during which the allowance may be claimed will be extended by the number of months for which the other parent claimed the allowance up to a maximum period of 24 months following the birth of the child (one parent may draw childcare allowance for a maximum period of 20 months; parents may alternate claims no more than twice so that there are no more than three payment blocks; minimum duration of one block: two months)
Option 15 plus 3

Amount

26.60 euro per day (approximately 800 euro per month)

The monthly amount may vary slightly depending on whether the month has 31, 30 or 28 days.

Duration of Allowance

  • If one parent claims childcare allowance:
    Until the child is 15 months old
  • If both parents claim childcare allowance:
    The period during which the allowance may be claimed will be extended by the number of months for which the other parent claimed the allowance up to a maximum period of 18 months following the birth of the child (one parent may draw childcare allowance for a maximum period of 15 months; parents may alternate claims no more than twice so that there are no more than three payment blocks; minimum duration of one block: two months)
Option 12 plus 2

Amount

33 euro per day (approximately 1,000 euro per month)

The monthly amount may vary slightly depending on whether the month has 31, 30 or 28 days.

Duration of Allowance

  • If one parent claims childcare allowance:
    Until the child is 12 months old
  • If both parents claim childcare allowance:
    The period during which the allowance may be claimed will be extended by the number of months for which the other parent claimed the allowance up to a maximum period of 14 months following the birth of the child (one parent may draw childcare allowance for a maximum period of 12 months; parents may alternate claims no more than twice so that there are no more than three payment blocks; minimum duration of one block: two months)

Income-Related Childcare Allowance

Option 12 plus 2

Amount

  • 80 percent of last income,
    up to a maximum of 66 euro per day (approximately 2,000 euro per month)
  • For recipients of maternity allowance [Wochengeld] (employed persons, the self-employed, farmers, contract civil service staff, independent contractors, persons in marginal employment with self-insurance):
    80 percent of maternity allowance [Wochengeld]; additional calculations carried out by the social insurance institution (most favourable rate approach)
  • For fathers:
    80 percent of a fictitious maternity allowance (including most favourable rate approach)

Further information regarding the calculation of income-related childcare allowance (especially for parents who do not fall into one of the aforementioned categories) is available on the website of the Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth.

Duration of Allowance

  • If one parent claims childcare allowance:
    Until the child is 12 months old
  • If both parents claim childcare allowance:
    The period during which the allowance may be claimed will be extended by the number of months for which the other parent claimed the allowance up to a maximum period of 14 months following the birth of the child (one parent may draw childcare allowance for a maximum period of 12 months; parents may alternate claims no more than twice; minimum duration of one block: two months)
PLEASE NOTE
Once you have chosen an option and filed an application for childcare allowance, it is no longer possible to switch to a different option (i.e. the chosen option will also apply to the other parent).

However: If you wish to claim income-related childcare allowance but do not meet the eligibility criteria of 6 months of socially insured employment prior to the birth of the child or if the final calculation results in a daily rate of less than 33 euro, you may switch to the flat-rate option 12 plus 2. However, the other parent will be bound by the income-related option that was initially applied for.

Childcare Allowance for More than One Child

Childcare allowance is always awarded for the youngest child only. If another child is born while a parent is receiving childcare allowance, payment for the older child will end with the birth of the younger child. A new application must be made for the newborn child and the allowance will be paid for this child. The same rule applies for adopted children and foster children.

Since 1 January 2010 you receive for multiple births a payment of 50 percent of the basic amount for the second and each additional child in each of the flat-rate options.

Accordingly, the supplement for multiple births in

  • Option 30 plus 6: approximately 218 euro per month
  • Option 20 plus 4: approximately 312 euro per month
  • Option 15 plus 3: approximately 400 euro per month
  • Option 12 plus 2: approximately 500 euro per month

If another child is born after a multiple birth, payment of the supplement for the multiple children will continue to be paid with the childcare allowance (based on the duration of the option chosen for the multiple children). If the parents originally alternated their claim roles while receiving childcare allowance for the children from a multiple birth, the continued payment of the supplement for multiple births will be extended accordingly (based on the payment option chosen for the children from the multiple birth). All eligibility requirements must continue to be met for all children.

Childcare Allowance and Employment

Parental Leave

Mothers/fathers in employment (i.e. workers or employees) are entitled to maternity/paternity leave. This means that they are granted leave of absence from their workplace but receive no salary. The law provides a right to maternity/paternity leave until the child’s second birthday. A minimum of two months maternity or paternity leave must be taken.

Further information about "Maternity/Paternity Leave" [Mutterschutz] can be found on USP.gv.at.

Part-Time Employment

Mothers/fathers may also opt to work part time. This does not depend on having previously taken maternity/paternity leave.

Further information regarding the circumstances under which there is an entitlement to part-time employment and the circumstances under which such an arrangement can be agreed, as well as further information on this topic can be found on USP.gv.at.

Childcare Allowance and Social Insurance

Health Insurance

Recipients of childcare allowance are basically covered by health insurance.

PLEASE NOTE
Health insurance coverage derived from the receipt of childcare allowance ends when childcare allowance is no longer drawn.

Pension Insurance

As of 1 January 2005, parents acquire contributory years for the purpose of their pension insurance during the first four years of the child’s life (5 years in the case of a multiple birth).

Last update: 23.04.2013
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