In 2016, Austria passed the Family Time Bonus Act, giving biological and adoptive fathers rights to paternity leave and benefits, and adjusting the child care allowance.
Beginning January 1st, 2017, the child care allowance parents are eligible is generally€33.88 per day for up to 365 days. Previously, parents had four child care allowance options they could choose from. The allowance will continue to be subject to an income camp. Parents who share parental leave evenly or at least at a 40% to 60% split, can get a bonus of €500 per parent from social insurance.
Fathers, beginning March 1st, 2017, will be eligible to receive 28-31 calendar days of paternity leave, to be taken within 91 days of the birth of the child, and to be paid by health insurance at a rate of €22.60 euros per day, as long as the father has worked for 26 weeks.
Under current law, employers do not have to provide paternity leave.