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 sickness, pension- und accident insurance for sole proprietors begins on the registration date of their business.

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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