Notifying the Social Insurance Institution for the Self-Employed (SVS)

General Information

Please note

The Business Service Portal USP has provided an electronic start-up service since 31 July 2017.

Compulsory sicknessGerman text, pensionGerman text and accident insuranceGerman text for sole proprietors begins on the registration date of their business. German text

The start of the insurance can be reported on the Business Service Portal during e-start-up or directly to the relevant office.


In general, these rules also apply to entrepreneurs from EU Member States in Austria.

Enterprises Affected

Sole traders


Setting up a business


Within a month of commencing or resuming the commercial activity.

Competent authority

The competent body is the Social Insurance Institution for the Self-Employed (→ SVS)German text of the relevant province or the competent business authorityGerman text. Both can be contacted quickly and easily via the Business Service Portal during e-start-up.


An insurance declaration must be sent to the Social Insurance Institution for the Self-Employed (SVS) of the relevant province or the competent business authority notifying them of the start of the insurance. This can be done on the Business Service Portal USP during e-start-up.

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

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

Required documents

Not applicable

Costs and fees

There are no fees and charges payable.

Further information

Self-employed people who were previously employees can claim unemployment insurance benefits. Further information on this subject can be found in the chapter 'New self-employed'.

Further links

Legal bases

sections 6, 18, 194a of the Gewerbliches Sozialversicherungsgesetz (GSVG)

Expert Information

There is no expert information available.

Link to form

Online insurance registration (→ SVS) German Text 

Authentication and signature

Electronically: registration using a mobile phone signature (→ oesterreich.gv.at) or Business Service Portal USP Registration login using a USP identifier or a mobile phone signature

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

Means of redress or appeal

Not applicable

Assistance and problem-solving services

There are no auxiliary or problemsolving services available.

Further service points
Social security ombudsman (→ SVS) German Text 

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 18 January 2021

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