Social benefits at Laender level

Means-tested minimum income scheme, care services, social assistance, help for people with a disability, long-term care allowance (up to 2011) as well as child and youth welfare are the most important social benefits at Laender level. Statistics of these social benefits, with the exception of long-term care (data source: annual Long-Term Care Report), are based on the annual returns forwarded to STATISTICS AUSTRIA by the Laender.

Statistics of means-tested minimum income scheme has replaced social assistance statistics (“extramural” part) since reference year 2011. It is based on an agreement between the federal government and the Laender and comprises benefits for safeguarding subsistence and accommodation as well as protection in cases of sickness, pregnancy and childbirth. Since reference year 2017 the minimum income scheme statistics is based on an informal agreement between the federal government and the Laender and the new data collection has been enlarged. Since reference year 2020 minimum income scheme is gradually replaced by social assistance, from that time on an integrated minimum income scheme and social assistance statistics is published.

Care service statistics has been based on the Long-term Care Fund Act and a corresponding regulation on statistics since reference year 2011. It comprises outpatient services, semi-inpatient services, inpatient services, short-term care in inpatient facilities, alternative living facilities, as well as case and care management.

Social assistance statistics and statistics of help for people with a disability expire with reference year 2010.

Statistics of provincial long-term care allowance expired with reference year 2011 because responsibilities for long-term care allowance were transferred from the Laender to the federal government (see social benefits at federal level) at the beginning of 2012.

Child and youth welfare statistics is based on the Federal Child and Youth Support Act and has replaced the former youth welfare statistics of the Federal Ministry of Families and Youth since reference year 2015. It comprises mainly the following benefits of the child and youth welfare: educational support, residential care, foster parents, help for young adults, procurement of adoptions.