Financial support for job seekers
These rules also apply to all EU citizens in Austria.
To be eligible for unemployment allowance, an applicant must have fulfilled the employment eligibility requirement (Anwartschaft - this is the minimum required amount of employment subject to mandatory unemployment insurance over a given period).
Generally, when first claiming unemployment allowance, the applicant will need to have completed 52 weeks of employment subject to mandatory unemployment insurance within the previous two years.
However, when youths under 25 years of age claim unemployment allowance for the first time, a total of 26 weeks of employment subject to mandatory unemployment insurance is sufficient as a basis for eligibility for unemployment allowance.
Detailed information about unemployment allowance can also be found at oesterreich.gv.at.
Other financial benefits
If a person has drawn unemployment allowance and has exhausted the potential eligibility period, there may under certain conditions be an entitlement to emergency assistance.
Detailed information about the support services of the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS) for job seekers can also be found at oesterreich.gv.at.
Online guide and calculator
- Unemployment allowance - EntitlementGerman text
- Unemployment allowance - Entitlement durationGerman text
- Paying out monetary benefitsGerman text
- Emergency assistanceGerman text
- Career development training - eligibility for financial assistance from the AMSGerman text
- Grants for career development training - eligibility requirementsGerman text
- Notification obligations to the AMSGerman text
Sections 14, 33 to 38 of the Arbeitslosenversicherungsgesetz (AlVG)
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