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Notifying the Social Insurance Institution for the Self-Employed

Description of the subject matter

Commercially active shareholders must also register with the Social Insurance Institution for the Self-Employed (SVS) or the competent business authority.


These rules apply to all entrepreneurs from EU Member States in Austria.

Shareholders of commercial businesses are:

Commercially active shareholders have healthGerman text, pensionGerman text and accident insuranceGerman text from the date of registration of the businessGerman text with the business authority.


Under the Allgemeines Sozialversicherungsgesetz (ASVG), members of the board of management of a public limited companyGerman text must be insured with the Austrian Health Insurance Fund (→ ÖGK)German text.

Enterprises affected

Partner of an OG, personally liable partner of a KG or managing partner of a GmbH,, if the company has a business licence


Setting up a business


Within a month of commencing or resuming the commercial activity.

Competent authority

The Social Insurance Institution for the Self-Employed (→ SVS)German text or the competent business authorityGerman text.


An insurance declaration must be sent to the competent body notifying it of the start of the insurance.

The insurance declaration can be posted or faxed to the Social Insurance Institution (SVS).

One-stop registration with the Business Service Portal provides a single point of access to various social insurance services; this is explained in a short film (→ YouTube)German text.

Documents required

Not applicable


There are no fees or costs to be paid.

Additional information

Legal basis

Sections 6, 18 of the Gewerbliches Sozialversicherungsgesetz (GSVG)  

Expert information

There is no expert information available.

Authentication and signature

Electronically: registration using a mobile phone signature German Text
In writing (not using a mobile phone signature): signed application (sent by post)

Legal remedy

Not applicable

Support- and Problemsolvingservices

There are no assistance or problem-solving services.

Further service points

Social security ombudsman (→ SVS) German Text


Online insurance registration (→ SVS) German Text
Last update: 21.09.2020
Approved by: Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs
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