Individuals who were born on or after 1 January 1955

General information

The following applies to individuals having accumulated insurance months before 1 January 2005 who were under the age of 50 on 1 January 2005:

  • Eligibility criteria
  • Eligibility is determined based on the provisions of the Allgemeines Sozialversicherungsgesetz and the Allgemeines Pensionsgesetz, depending on which is more beneficial to the claimant.

From 1 January 2024, the current retirement age for women (60) will increase by six months per year until 2033, when it will be fixed at 65. The increase in the retirement age will first affect women born on or after 2 December 1963, who will not be able to draw an old-age pension until the age of 60 and 6 months. For women born on or after 2 June 1968 the standard retirement age will be 65.

Caution

The flexible retirement scheme (Korridorpension) allowing early retirement from the age of 62 is essentially only relevant for men, as the retirement age for drawing an old-age pension for women will remain below 62 until 2028.

Affected

Individuals who were born on or after 1 January 1955

Requirements

Advice

In accordance with the Allgemeines Pensionsgesetz, pension benefits are now calculated solely on the basis of completed insurance periods, and there is no differentiation between paid contribution periods and credited contribution periods.

Deadlines

Claiming the right to pension by application until the end of the month before retirement.

Competent authority

The pension insurance institution responsible for determining the pension entitlement and for calculation and payment of the pension is determined based on the pension insurance (ASVG, GSVG, BSVG) applicable for the majority of the insurance months in the previous 15 years before the effective date. In so-called “migrant insurance”, the responsible pension insurance institution takes the insurance months accrued in other pension insurance schemes in the pension determination procedure.

Procedure

A pension must be applied for. An application form is provided. An informal written letter is also classed as an application. A pension application should be submitted two to three months before the start of the pension but by the end of the last month before retirement at the latest.

Required documents

The pension insurance institution will advise which documents are required.

Costs and fees

There are no costs involved.

Further information

Further Links

Legal basis

Expert information

There is no expert information available.

Link to form

Application for an old-age pensionGerman text

Authentication and signature

Electronically: registration using the mobile signature system or the card-based system using your citizen card (only possible with the Austrian Pension Insurance Fund (PVA)).
In writing: informal letter (form to be submitted later).
In person: in this case, you should take with you the necessary documents, such as your birth certificate, birth certificates for your children, your residence registration form, your marriage certificate, where appropriate, and an identity document.

Means of redress or appeal

The insurance institution will make a decision on the pension application in an official notification. A complaint may be lodged with the competent Labour and Social Court within three months of delivery of the official notification.

Assistance and problem-solving services

There are no assistance and problemsolving services available.

Further service points
Ombudsman service for the competent pension insurance institution

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 11 February 2021
Responsible for the content:
  • Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection
  • Association of Austrian Social Insurance Institutions