Application For Vocational Rehabilitation

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Application For Vocational Rehabilitation
Application For Vocational Rehabilitation

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Application for vocational rehabilitation

If someone can no longer work for health reasons or due to an accident, it is often very stressful for those affected. While medical rehabilitation aims to restore physical or psychological performance after an accident or illness, the focus of occupational rehabilitation is on promoting reintegration into the labor market…


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Basically, there are various ways of getting back into work. The area of vocational rehabilitation includes:

  • Benefits to promote employment,
  • Services that enable professional adaptation, further training, training and retraining,
  • Services to maintain or obtain a job as well
  • Services for adapting an existing workplace.

Note Vocational rehabilitation should always start after the end of medical rehabilitation with the aim of reintegration into the labor market. In the context of medical rehabilitation, however, medical-job-oriented measures are also possible.

Requirements for entitlement

Occupational rehabilitation measures in the area of social insurance can be provided by an accident insurance institution (in connection with an accident at work or an occupational disease) or by a pension insurance institution. In the event of (impending) disability or occupational incapacity, there is a legal entitlement to vocational rehabilitation measures if the insurance requirements are met.

Disability pension

In January 2014, a comprehensive reform of the invalidity pension law came into force for employed persons with the aim of keeping people in working life longer and reducing the number of invalidity pensions. The principle of “rehabilitation before retirement” should come to the fore. A limited granting of a disability or occupational disability pension is no longer possible for insured persons born after 1.1.1964. Instead, rehabilitation allowances or retraining allowances are granted.

For employees who are temporarily disabled or incapable of working, who can no longer practice their learned profession and for whom vocational rehabilitation measures are appropriate and reasonable, vocational retraining should take place (but not below the previous qualification level). Retraining allowance is provided as a cash benefit. The responsible labor market service is responsible for calculating, granting and paying out the retraining allowance as well as carrying out the vocational rehabilitation measures.

Note You can find detailed information on rehabilitation and retraining benefits under Invalidity Pension NEW.


Several institutions or payers are responsible for vocational rehabilitation in Austria:

  • Pension insurance carriers (PVA, SVS, SVS, BVAEB)
  • Accident insurance carriers (AUVA, BVAEB, SVS, BVAEB)
  • Public Employment Service (AMS)
  • State offices of the Ministry of Social Affairs
  • Federal states

You can find information about vocational rehabilitation measures in the individual institutions, for example, on the Chamber of Labor website under Vocational rehabilitation measures at a glance and on the social insurance website.


An application for a disability or occupational disability pension submitted to the pension insurance institution is primarily an application for rehabilitation. In order to receive vocational rehabilitation measures independently of an application for a pension, those affected must submit a rehabilitation application. The rehabilitation application can be submitted by the insured person directly to the responsible social insurance agency or via other funding agencies such as the labor market service or the social ministry service. In the case of an application, it is checked whether reintegration into working life can be achieved through vocational rehabilitation measures.

If the available medical reports are not sufficient, the responsible insurance carrier can arrange for a medical assessment by their own doctors during the examination procedure.

Note It is possible to submit applications to any social insurance agency - even if another insurance agency is actually responsible. In this case, the application will be forwarded to the responsible insurance provider ("Allsparenservice").

If vocational rehabilitation measures are rejected, a new application can be submitted in the event of a significant deterioration in the state of health.

Application forms for download

On the PVA website it is possible to submit an online application for vocational rehabilitation measures. The fully completed application is automatically sent to the responsible regional office or the pension insurance agency's office.

How are the costs going to be covered?

For the duration of the vocational rehabilitation without legal entitlement, the insurance provider pays the insured person a transitional allowance under certain conditions.