The birth of a child is without question one of the most beautiful moments in life.
Since in the first time with the new earthlings one is sufficiently concerned with the supply and the getting to know of the small miracle, it is necessary to think long before the offspring of the light of the world, about the financial affairs and about the existing ones Notice models to inform.
- 1 Who is entitled to parental leave?
- 2 What are the requirements for receiving childcare allowance?
- 3 Which childcare allowance models are there? – parental leave and parental leave 2019 in Austria
- 4 Flat child care allowance models
- 5 Income-related childcare allowance
- 6 What additional income limits exist?
- 7 Is the chosen model decisive for the duration of the leave?
- 8 From when and where can childcare allowance be applied for?
Who is entitled to parental leave?
In principle, all mothers and fathers in Austria who are gainfully employed, ie in employment, are entitled to parental leave. During this time, the employee is exempt from work and receives no salary. During this period, the parent who is on parental leave will be paid child care allowance instead of salary / salary.
Tip: Inform in advance about maternity leave and parental leave allowance
Waiver can be taken by one or both parents alternately. The fact that both mother and father are on parental leave is only possible at the first change of parental leave from one parent to another for a maximum of one month. Basically, parents can alternate twice during parental leave, resulting in a maximum of three blocks, with splitting taking at least two months.
What are the requirements for receiving childcare allowance?
In order to be able to receive child care allowance or, in the vernacular, parental leave benefits, the applicant parent must not only have his / her residence in Austria, but also receive the family allowance for the child. In addition, you have to live with the child in the same household. Non-Austrians must be able to prove their legal residence in Austria. In addition, one must adhere to the prescribed additional income limits and regularly have the required mother-child-pass examinations carried out.
Which childcare allowance models are there? – parental leave and parental leave 2019 in Austria
In 2019, there will be four variants of the flat-rate childcare allowance for expectant parents in Austria as well as the option of income-dependent childcare allowance.
Flat child care allowance models
- Variant 30 + 6
This package is the longest available variant. If only one parent is continuously on parental leave, you will receive 14.53 EUR per day until the child’s 30th month of age. That would be around 436 euros per month. If the period of parental leave is divided between both parents, this is possible until the child is 36 months old. For multiple births, parents are entitled to € 7.27 per day for each additional child.
- Variant 20 + 4
If you decide on this form of childcare allowance, you will receive around 624 euros per month. That corresponds to a daily rate of 20.80 euros. For multiple births you will receive an additional 10.40 Euro per day for each additional child. We use the parental leave of both parents to receive this income replacement until the child’s 2nd birthday. Otherwise this is only possible until the end of the 20th month of life.
- Variant 15 + 3
This model is the second shortest variant. Here, the applicant parent receives daily 26.60 euros, ie around 800 euros per month, up to the completed 15th month of life of the child. If the second parent also decides to take leave, this benefit will be awarded until the child reaches the age of 18 months. For multiple children, the subsidy is 13,30 Euro per day.
- Variant 12 + 2
The shortest option gives you around 1,000 monthly (33.00 per day) until the child’s first year of life. If the second parent also decides to qualify for an extension until the 14th month of age of the offspring is completed. For each multiple child, this model will give you 16,50 Euro per day.
Income-dependent childcare allowance
In the variant of the income-dependent child care allowance (parental leave), the applicant receives 80% of his income in the year before the birth of the child. This amount is limited to a daily rate of 66 euros per day or around 2,000 euros per month.
A parent is entitled to this income replacement during his parental leave until the child’s first birthday. If the parental leave is divided between the parents, this period is extended to 14 months. For the second parent, the day rate is calculated separately based on their income. For multiple children, no separate supplement is provided in this model.
Furthermore, there are other eligibility requirements for the income-dependent childcare allowance:
- First and foremost, all prerequisites must be met, as they are demanded in the case of flat-rate childcare allowances.
- The parent who draws child care allowance must have been in permanent employment during the last six calendar months prior to the birth of the child, that is to say, have actually been in paid employment in Austria.
- In addition, you must have received no unemployment benefits in the last six months.
What additional income limits exist?
If one decides on one of the four flat-rate child care allowance models, the individual income limit per calendar year for the referring parent is 60% of the last income before the birth of the child. However, this amount may amount to at least 16,200 euros.
In the income-dependent model, the additional earnings limit is set at 6,400 euros per calendar year. Again, however, it is possible to work at least on a small scale.
If the statutory income limits are exceeded, the excess amount must be repaid.
Is the chosen model decisive for the period of parental leave?
No, the child care allowance model does not necessarily have to match the waiting period agreed with the employer. Among other things, it is possible to take leave of the employer until the second birthday of the child and still choose the blanket model 12 + 2. The monthly childcare allowance ends automatically after the child’s first birthday. The parent who is on parental leave can then be co-insured with the partner.
The statutory maternity leave can be agreed until the second birthday of the child. If you want to return to work after this time, you are for four weeks in the dismissal and dismissal protection. ATTENTION: If one agrees with the employer, inter alia, a grace period of three years, the employee is not subject to the four-week retention period on his return.
When and where can childcare allowance be applied for?
The child care allowance (parental leave allowance) can be applied for from the day of the birth of the child with the competent health insurance fund, where maternity leave was received during maternity leave, using the form provided for this purpose.
Furthermore, the childcare allowance can be applied for up to six months retroactively. If the parents decide to divide the time of the parental leave, then the separate application for childcare allowance must be introduced by the other parent.
• While receiving childcare allowance, the parent is covered by health insurance and pension insurance.
• If you lose your job after the waiting period you are entitled to unemployment benefits.
• It is worthwhile using the various child care allowance comparison computers, which are offered by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Families and Youth among others, to get a first impression of their personal situation.
• Child care allowance can only be obtained for the youngest child.
• The childcare allowance ends at the latest at the end of the maximum reference period or else with the birth of another child. For each newborn child, a renewed application for childcare allowance must be submitted.