Social insurance at a glance


What was new in 2018?

  • The amendment of the Artists’ Social Insurance Fund Act (KSVF) brought many reliefs, making it easier to become eligible for grants
  • Another novelty is the Aid Fund for Emergency Situations (Unterstützungsfonds für Notlagen) set up at the Artists’ Social Insurance Fund (KSVF)
  • In the course of the amendment, IG Freie Theaterarbeit decided to make changes to the IG network, focusing on support of employment
  •  The spouse or cohabiting partner income shall not be relevant any more for unemployment assistance (Notstandshilfe) starting with 1st of July 2018 (legal status  12th of January 2018)

Values for 2018

Marginal earnings threshold/insurance threshold relevant for SVA: EUR 5.256,60
Monthly marginal earnings threshold (ASVG):EUR 438,05


Artists’ Social Insurance Fund (KSVF)
Minimum limit:EUR 5.256,60
Maximum grant: EUR 1.896/Jahr

Voluntary self-insurance 2018

The contribution to voluntary self-insurance (health and pension insurance)

  • is EUR 61.83 per month for marginally employed persons.
  • is EUR 58.39 per month for students.

Prescription fee per medicine 6 Euro

More information

Austrian social insurance system

Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions (Hauptverband der österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger)

Information provided by the respective regional health insurance funds, for instance the Vienna Regional Health Insurance Fund (WGGK)

Information brochure by the Austrian Cultural Council (Kulturrat Österreich): Selbstständig-Unselbstständig-Erwerbslos (Self-Employed-Employed-Unemployed)

Legal bases

General Social Insurance Act (Allgemeines Versicherungsgesetz, ASVG)

Social Insurance Act for Commerce and Trade (Gewerbliches Versicherungsgesetz, GSVG)

Act on Social Insurance for the Liberal Professions (Freiberufliches Sozialversicherungsgesetz, FSVG)

Act on Social Insurance for Farmers (Bauern-Sozialversicherungsgesetz, BSVG)

Act on Health and Accident Insurance for Civil Servants (Beamten-Kranken- und Unfallversicherungsgesetz, B-KUVG)

General Pensions Act (Allgemeines Pensionsgesetz, APG)

Overview of social insurance institutions

Burgenland Regional Health Insurance Fund (Burgenländische Gebietskrankenkasse, BGKK)

Insurance Fund for Civil or Public Servants (Versicherungsanstalt öffentlich Bediensteter, BVA)

Carinthian Regional Health Insurance Fund (Kärntner Gebietskrankenkasse, KGKK)

Lower Austrian Regional Health Insurance Fund (Niederösterreichische Gebietskrankenkasse, NÖGKK)

Upper Austrian Regional Health Insurance Fund (Oberösterreichische Gebietskrankenkasse, OÖGKK)

Salzburg Regional Health Insurance Fund (Salzburger Gebietskrankenkasse, SGKK)

Styrian Regional Health Insurance Fund (Steiermärkische Gebietskrankenkasse, STGKK)

Social Insurance Authority for Business (Sozialversicherungsanstalt der Gewerblichen Wirtschaft, SVA)

Austrian Farmers’ Social Security Authority (Sozialversicherungsanstalt der Bauern, SVB)

Tyrolean Regional Health Insurance Fund (Tiroler Gebietskrankenkasse, TGKK)

Vorarlberg Regional Health Insurance Fund (Vorarlberger Gebietskrankenkasse, VGKK)

Vienna Regional Health Insurance Fund (Wiener Gebietskrankenkasse, WGKK)