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Factsheet for case AT-2020-14/1248 Updated – measures in Austria

Bridging subsidy Corona for self-employed with a disability

Überbrückungszuschuss Corona für Selbstständige mit Behinderung

Country Austria , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 30 September 2021
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Extensions of income support to workers not covered by any kind of protection scheme
Author Bernadette Allinger (Forba) and Eurofound
Case created 05 October 2020 (updated 21 April 2021)

Background information

Self-employed people with a disability have been entitled to a specific "bridging subsidy" in the amount of €267 per month (equalisation tax, amount for 2020), long before the Corona crisis hit the country. This support is available to self-employed people with a degree of disability of at least 50%.

Content of measure

The subsidy applies to disabled persons who are either self-employed in companies with a maximum of five employees at the time of application or are mainly active themselves (sole proprietors) and who can demonstrate a disability-related additional expenditure, which represents a significant burden for entrepreneurial activity.

In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, the subsidy was slightly amended: The need to demonstrate the need for the subsidy due to disability-related expenses has been omitted. The bridging subsidy is available to disabled persons whose employment is threatened by the Corona pandemic, even without proof of disability needs. This applies to applications submitted until 30 June 2020 for a period of three months. The amount received per month is at €267.


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

08 April 2021

The omission to demonstrate the need for the subsidy due to disability-related expenses has been prolonged beyond the originally envisaged end date (30 June 2020) to 30 September 2021. The bridging subsidy now lies at €271 for 2021.

Use of measure


Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Disabled workers
One person or microenterprises
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
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: N/A


The social partners' involvement is unknown.

Views and reactions

No views on or reactions to the measure by the social partners could be identified.



Eurofound (2020), Bridging subsidy Corona for self-employed with a disability, case AT-2020-14/1248 (measures in Austria), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.