Income-Related Childcare Allowance for Births from 1 March 2017 Onwards

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In contrast to Flat-Rate Childcare Allowance (Childcare Allowance Account) [Kinderbetreuungsgeld-Konto], the Income-Related Childcare Allowance can only be granted to persons who have been engaged in an activity which is subject to mandatory health and pension insurance in Austria non-stop during the 182 calendar days immediately preceding the birth of the child. Applicants must not have received any unemployment insurance benefits (e.g. unemployment benefit [Arbeitslosengeld], unemployment assistance [Notstandshilfe], education benefits [Weiterbildungsgeld] etc.) during this period of time. Interruptions of this activity lasting up to 14 days in total are of no relevance. Being on sick leave or on holiday does not count as interrupting one's activity as long as the employment relationship continues and there is continued pay during this time.

PLEASE NOTE
If certain conditions are met you can also apply for a "Partnerschaftsbonus".

Prerequisites

  • Joint permanent household with the child
    (in addition: recipient(s) and child registered as having their principal residence at the same address)
  • Entitlement to Family Allowance and actual receipt of family allowance for the child
    (in case of separately living parents also proof of custody and receipt of Family Allowance by the applying parent)
  • Centre of vital interests in Austria
    (this means that you and your family have your permanent residence in Austria and have closer personal and economic ties to Austria than to any other country)
  • Legal Residence in Austria
    Parents and children who are not Austrian citizens also have an entitlement to childcare allowance. This applies to:
    • Citizens of the EU or EEA or Switzerland who have confirmation of their right of domicile (registration certificate [Anmeldebescheinigung])
    • Third-country nationals with Residence Permits pursuant to sections 8 and 9 of the Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz (NAG) or section 54 of the Asylgesetz 2005
    • Persons who are eligible for asylum
    • Persons eligible for subsidiary protection who are in employment or who are self-employed and who either do not receive support from the basic services programme [Grundversorgung] or the needsbased minimum benefit system [Mindestsicherung] or are ineligible for such support
  • Confirmation that the medical check-ups stipulated in the Mother-Child-Pass have been carried out
    • Five check-ups of the mother-to-be during pregnancy
    • Five check-ups of the infant after birth
  • Additional earnings may not exceed 6,800 Euro (from 2017 on) per calendar year
    Therefore, for example being marginally employed [geringfügig beschäftigt] is possible. Only the income of the parent drawing childcare allowance and not the other parent's income is relevant in this case. If the limit on additional earnings is exceeded, the supplement in the respective calendar year will be reduced by the amount by which the limit on additional earnings was exceeded.
  • Parents must have been engaged in an activity which is subject to mandatory health and pension insurance in Austria non-stop during the 182 calendar days immediately preceding the birth of the child. Applicants must not have received any unemployment insurance benefits (e.g. unemployment benefit [Arbeitslosengeld], unemployment assistance [Notstandshilfe], education benefits [Weiterbildungsgeld] etc.) during this period of time. Interruptions of this activity lasting up to 14 days in total are of no relevance. Being on sick leave or on holiday does not count as interrupting one's activity as long as the employment relationship continues and there is continued pay during this time. Periods during which expectant mothers are forbidden to work under the provisions of the Mutterschutzgesetz and periods of statutory parental leave under the provisions of the Mutterschutzgesetz or the Väter-Karenzgesetz (up to a child's second birthday) are considered such periods of employment, if the parent has been engaged in an activity which is subject to mandatory health and pension insurance in Austria non-stop during the immediately preceding 182 calendar days.

Deadlines

Applications for income-related childcare allowance can be filed, at the earliest, on the day of birth of the child. In the case of adopted or foster children the day on which the child is taken into care is the first day on which an application can be filed. As parents can only claim childcare allowance retroactively for up to 182 days, it is recommended that they apply for childcare allowance immediately after birth in order to avoid losing reference time.

Responsible Authority

Required Documents

The required documents for application are as follows (photocopies are sufficient):

  • Child's birth certificate
  • Mother-Child-Pass check-ups: all five check-ups during pregnancy and the first check-up of the infant after birth
  • In the case of applicants or children who are not Austrian citizens: Confirmation of legal residence in Austria pursuant to sections 8 and 9 of the Niederlassungs- und Aufenthaltsgesetz (NAG) or section 54 of the Asylgesetz 2005
  • In the case of persons who are eligible for asylum: documents (cards)
  • In the case of claimants and children who are eligible for asylum: notifications that asylum has been granted
  • In the case of persons who are eligible for subsidiary protection: documents (cards)
  • In the case of claimants and children who are eligible for subsidiary protection: notifications refusing asylum applications but granting protection from deportation
  • In the case of foster parents: proof regarding the foster care
  • Proof of foreign family benefits or of family benefits from International Organisations

Persons applying for childcare allowance online via www.meinesv.at or FinanzOnline can add documents as attachments.

The Health Insurance Fund [Krankenkasse] may demand the presentation of additional documents or proofs (e.g. notification concerning entitlement to Family Allowance, (confirmation of registration of principal residence – [Bestätigung der Hauptwohnsitzmeldung]) of the mother and/or the father as well as the child). Please make enquiries in this regard at the relevant Health Insurance Fund before making your application.

As income-related childcare allowance represents a (partial) recompense for foregoing previous income, additional earnings may not exceed 6,800 Euro per calendar year (from 2017 on). Therefore, for example being marginally employed [geringfügig beschäftigt] is possible.

Only the income of the parent drawing childcare allowance and not the other parent's income is relevant in this case.

Repayment

If the limit on annual additional earnings of 6,800 Euro is exceeded, only the amount by which the additional earnings limit was exceeded must be repaid (incremental repayment regulation). The remaining childcare allowance does not have to be repaid.

Waiver and Premature Termination

A parent may waive in advance his or her right to draw childcare allowance for entire months in order to avoid exceeding the limit on additional earnings.

Furthermore, parents can terminate their right to draw childcare allowance prematurely.

Further information on additional earningsGerman text can be found on the German website at HELP.gv.at.

Declaration of Waiver and Premature Termination

Detailed information on the declaration of waiver and premature termination can also be found at HELP.gv.at.

Forms

Last update: 27.07.2017
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