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Factsheet for measure AT-1977-23/2603 Updated – measures in Austria

Insolvency Income Fund


Country Austria , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 02 June 1977
Context COVID-19, Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Employment protection and retention
– Income support for people in employment (e.g., short-time work)
Author Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 07 November 2022)

Background information

The programme covers employees, freelancers, home workers, apprentices and inheritors in case of employer insolvency.

Insolvency is understood as:

  • opening of a bankruptcy proceeding;

  • appointment of an administrator;

  • rejection of an application for opening bankruptcy proceedings due to insufficient assets or lack of court jurisdiction;

  • deletion from the commercial register due to lack of assets;

  • lack of assets in the case of the death of the entrepreneur or court decision that inheritance proceedings are to be devoted to the creditors.

Employees of the state, federal states (provinces) and municipalities, as well as those having decisive influence on the organisation in insolvency are not eligible applicants.

Funded by The Insolvenz-Entgelt-Fonds-Service GmbH (insolvency administrator) administers the programme.

Content of measure

In case of employer's insolvency or bankruptcy, employees, freelancers, home workers, apprentices and others who have a contract with a company to conduct work in Austria may direct insolvency claims to the insolvency income fund if their claims have not yet been satisfied by the employer.

Eligible for claims:

  • wages and severance payments;

  • compensation for damages;

  • other claims against the employer (such as company pensions, daily allowances etc.); and

  • costs related to the legal and administrative procedures to realise payment from these claims.

If the claims arose up to six months before filing for insolvency, applicants may receive up to twice the maximum amount considered for social security (outstanding wages and severance payment), that is up to a gross monthly income of €10,740 in 2020 IEF ). 

Employees have to apply within six months after the opening of insolvency proceedings. The assessment procedure includes a consultation with the employer or insolvency administrator.

Insolvency payments are processed by the state-owned Insolvenz-Entgelt-Fonds-Service (IEF-Service-GmbH) which was specifically established for this purpose. The application for insolvency remuneration may be submitted to IEF-Service GmbH at one of its locations. The fund is financed by employers’ contributions and public funds. If an employer does not pay these contributions, this does not affect the benefits of the employees in case of insolvency.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

30 December 2021

Insolvency payments are processed by the state-owned Insolvenz-Entgelt-Fonds-Service (IEF-Service-GmbH) which was specifically established for this purpose. The application for insolvency remuneration may be submitted to IEF-Service GmbH at one of its locations. The fund is financed by employers’ contributions and public funds.

Use of measure

As of November 2022, the website of the fund does not provide current budgets and case numbers. It quantifies the number of supported employees with an average of between 24,000 and 35,000 per year Insolvenzentgeltfonds 2020 .

In 2016, the fund registered 23,199 cases of affected workers. 

The time needed for processing claims could be reduced in recent years to an average of 2.26 month in 2013. The first payment is received after 1.51 months on average Audit report IEF 2013 .

Compared to 2012, cases of insolvency were declining in 2013. However, the number of affected workers increased from 27,146 to 35,482 (applicants) due to two major bankruptcy cases,  Alpine and  TAP dayli . Accordingly, the payments for outstanding salary realised by the fund increased from €190.8 to €291.4 million RH 2015 .

Employees are granted income when the companies they are employed at become insolvent.

Only claims that date up to six months back are secured.

Response to COVID-19

The fund adopted a digital telecommunication strategy during COVID-19 to raise awareness about its services.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



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Eurofound (2022), Insolvency Income Fund, measure AT-1977-23/2603 (measures in Austria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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