Social benefits at federal level

In December 2018 a total of 2 795 837 pensions were paid out, consequently an increase of 0.8% was recorded according to the main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions. Of all pensions 85% came from statutory pension insurance and 12% were civil servants’ pensions. The remainder consisted of pensions received from accident insurance institutions (3%) and different pension benefits for war and military service victims (0.5%).

The 2019 annual average for the number of persons receiving unemployment benefit or unemployment assistance was 267 885 (-6 477 or -2.4% compared to 2018). 48% of beneficiaries received unemployment benefit, 52% unemployment assistance. More men (57%) than women (43%) drew unemployment benefit or unemployment assistance.

Amounting to the expenditure of €7.1 bn in 2018, the benefits paid out of the Family Burdens Equalisation Fund (FLAF) are the most important instruments in support of families in Austria. In December 2018 1 753 291 family allowances and childcare benefits were funded for 121 206 mothers and fathers according to the Federal Chancellery.

In 2019, an annual average figure of 463 662 people received federal long-term care allowance (including persons with an inactive care allowance entitlement). The annual expenditure (excluding administrative costs) was around €2.64 bn.


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