The contract is very important to define the relationship between the Au Pair and the Host Family.You can use the Aupair.com contract. Remember that both Au Pair and Host Family must sign the contract before the stay. Some important points to include are:
In case something happens between the Au Pair and the Host Family where they cannot solve their differences, they can agree on terminating the contract. Each part has to give a two weeks notice. This time is important for the Au Pair to find a new Host Family, and for the Host Family to find a new suitable Au Pair.Au Pairs from outside the EU who cannot find another family during the notice period will have to return to their home country.
The Austrian Social Security (Österreichische Sozialversicherung) manages the Health Insurance in Austria. Au Pairs from EU member states are entitled to Health Insurance through the European Health Insurance Card. Citizens from outside the EU have to purchase a private health insurance valid in Austria.
Health insurance for the EEA citizens in Austria
Applicants from the EEA have access to public healthcare through the European Health Insurance Card. They have to apply for the Insurance Card in their home country.
Please keep in mind that the services covered by the EHIC vary depending on the country. Therefore, it is important to check the specific regulations with the Austrian Social Security. AuPair.com recommends to purchase an additional travel insurance for extended protection and to ensure a safe stay in the country.
Health insurance for the non-EEA citizens in Austria
Au Pairs from non-EEA countries have to purchase a private Health Insurance valid in Austria. The insurance has to cover the whole Au Pair stay and major medical expenses such as surgeries.
For an employment where the Au Pair gets less than 425,70 €, it is sufficient to get an accident insurance. A health insurance can be negotiated with a private insurance company. It is important that the insurance is valid in Austria if it has been negotiated in a foreign country. The insurance has to be valid during the whole stay and should cover special medical service like surgeries.
Au Pairs from countries outside the European Union have to work 18 hours a week and cannot get less than 425,70 €. These are the requirements for working hours and salary for a resident in Austria.
The insurance is also needed for the Austrian visa application, so the applicant needs a valid insurance before the appointment at the embassy. Austria has an official Au Pair program which means you can apply for the visa in Austria under the “Sonderfälle unselbständiger Erwerbstätigkeit” scheme.
Car insurance and driving license
Some Au Pairs will need to drive during their stay in Austria. In order to drive, they need to have a valid driving license. If the Au Pair has a valid EU driver’s license, they can drive in Austria for six months; after that, it is recommended that the Au Pair exchanges it for an Austrian driving license, but this is not mandatory.
If the Au Pair has a license from a non-EU country, then they will need to exchange it within the first six months of being in Austria. The regulations may vary according to the country where the driving license was issued; therefore, we recommend consulting about this with the local authorities.
The Au Pair should have an accident insurance and should agree to the terms of the car use with the Host Family.
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