One of the most important points to take care of is arranging for accident and health insurance for the duration of the au pair stay. In this way both the host family and the au pair can be ready to relax and enjoy the au pair experience.
In accordance with the general Austrian social insurance law (ASVG), the au pair must be registered by the host family through the public social insurance. For au pairs this typically only concerns accident insurance. The host family pays premiums for the accident insurance to the regional health insurance fund.
The au pair needs to have health insurance for the whole au pair stay. The health insurance must be arranged from a private insurance company and the costs paid by the au pair. A foreign health insurance is only acceptable when the benefits can also be provided in Austria.
Please note: Au pairs from non-EU states must prove that they have full health insurance when they apply for their visa.
Attention: Starting at the age of 28, the status of au pair no longer applies and a young person becomes a normal employee. This has consequences in regard to the social insurance and minimum wage that applies to the young person. All expenses of the host family (lodging and board, language course, insurance contributions) are seen as part of the salary of the employee and must be included in calculating tax and insurance contributions. In addition, the minimum wage for au pairs no longer applies rather the minimum wage for domestic workers. With this wage calculation, the salary exceeds the marginal wage threshold and the employee is subject to full social insurance obligations.