Policy Document

Budget Implementation Act 2011






Family & Children


Family Allowances

Main implications

General austerity measures (by reduction of the beneficiaries to family allowance, among others)

Benefits & Requirements

Target group


Types of benefits guaranteed by this document


Conditions for accessing the benefit stipulated by this document

Modified conditions for accessing family allowances: Family allowances can be claimed by a person who lives in the same household or finances the subsistence of: minor children; children under 24 years of age who are in education and not employed, as long as the minimum study duration is not exceeded by more than a year; children from 24 to under 25 years of age (a) if they have previously completed military or civil service or (b) if they have undertaken an eight- to 12-month period of voluntary charitable work or (c) for students whose legal study period is ten or more semesters, and if the study period is not exceeded; children who are not employed because of a disability. This regulation applies to biological children, adopted children, and stepchildren. Double orphans receive the family allowance themselves, unless another person receives family allowance for them. Family allowances cannot be received for children who are married or for children over 18 years, if they are employed and subject to income tax. Family allowance is granted only on application (maximum retroactivity of up to three years before the date of application).

Amount of the subsidy or contribution granted

For children aged six to 15, the family allowance increased in September by 100 EUR. From 1 January 2011, the additional child supplement is 20 EUR per month for the third and each additional child. All other regulations remained unchanged.

Maximum duration of the benefit

Family allowances can be obtained up to the child’s 24th birthday (if the child is neither married nor in employment with an income of more than 10,000 EUR per year). In special cases (see above) family allowances can be obtained up to the child’s 25th bi

Read the Law

Original full text source in native language

Bundesgesetzblatt für die Republik Österreich Nr. 111/2010

Original full text web source in native language



Alexander Wisbauer & Ina Jaschinski
External Consultants

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SPLASH-db.eu (2014): Policy: "Budget Implementation Act 2011" (Information provided by Alexander Wisbauer & Ina Jaschinski). Available at: https://splash-db.eu [Date of access].