Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

Slovenia - Other family allowances

In what situation can I claim?

Family allowances are intended for parents or guardians as lump sum or monthly allowances for child birth and child care.

Family allowances include:

What conditions do I need to meet?

Parental allowance is a right which lasts for 365 days following the birth of a child or longer in case of birth of twins, triplets or premature birth. Both the mother and child must be permanent residents of Slovenia and be currently residing in Slovenia.

For the first 77 days following birth the mother generally has the right to payment (or the father as an exception in the case of the mother's absence). Following 77 days of the child's birth one of the parents can receive payment on the basis of transitory agreement. This right may be attributed to the child's current guardian instead of the parents.

Those not entitled to parental allowance are persons receiving benefits, partial payment for loss of earnings or payment of social security contributions in the case of four or more children, for which the partner receives child care allowance, right of payment for social security contributions as a result of the right to shortened working hours due to parenthood, payment of social security contributions in the case of four or more children or partial payment for loss of earnings for the same child.

Persons entitled to parental allowance are included in pension and disability insurance.

Applications for cash benefit must be submitted a minimum of 30 days prior to or 30 days after birth of the child, upon which the right to benefits will be recognised.

Childbirth allowance is a one-off payment intended for the purchase of required items for the new-born. This right is valid for one of the parents with permanent residence in Slovenia currently residing in Slovenia, for whom the average monthly income for the family member may not exceed 64% of the average monthly salary in Slovenia or EUR 648.47 (January 2017).

Applications for cash benefit must be submitted a minimum of 60 days prior to the anticipated birth date or at the latest 60 days after the birth of the child (for an adoptive parent 30 days following placement of the child in the family at the latest).

Large family allowance is an annual payment intended for families with three or more children under 18 years of age (or 26 years of age if their parents must maintain and protect the child).

The allowance may be received by one of the parents having joint permanent residence as well as the children currently residing in Slovenia or other person (e.g. foster carer), where three or more children from the family live without parents where the average monthly income for the family member may not exceed 64% of the average monthly salary in Slovenia or EUR 648.47 (January 2017).

Applications for the current year are to be filed in the current year.

Child care allowance is a right which may be accessed by one of the parents or other party for a child requiring special care if the child has permanent residence in Slovenia and currently resides in Slovenia. Parents for whom the child is fostered or in an institution with full time free care are not eligible.

The right to the allowance is valid for the period in which the child requires special care up to 18 years of age, and after 18 years of age if the parents must maintain and protect the child.

The opinion of a medical commission is required for the assessment of rights.

Rights enter into effect on birth of the child and are recognised from the first day of the following month on submission of the application.

Partial payment for loss of earnings is the right for one of the parents or other persons who are stopping employment (leaving current job or data from ZRSZ unemployment record) or beginning reduced working hours as a result of caring for a child with a serious mental developmental disorder or serious physical impairment, or a child with a specific illness from the list of serious illnesses. The right to partial payment can also be granted to one of the parents caring for two or more children with a moderate or serious mental developmental disorder or serious physical impairment. In this instance the mother or father of the child also receive the right if they have two or more children who do not have serious developmental disorders.

Conditions for assessment of the recipient are that the child and parent are permanent residents and currently live in Slovenia. The right lasts until the child reaches 18 years of age or maximum 2 months following the death of the child. Parents for whom the child is in an institution with full time free care or in foster care are not eligible.

Applications for cash benefit must be submitted 30 days prior to or at the latest 30 days after stopping employment and last until the child reaches 18 years of age.

What am I entitled to and how can I claim?

Parental allowance

Monthly payment

Per child

EUR 252.04

Parental allowance is adjusted twice annually in accordance with the retail price index.

Childbirth allowance

Lump sum payment

Per child

EUR 280

Large family allowance

Annual payment

Family with three children

EUR 395

Family with more than three children

EUR 480

Child care allowance

Monthly payment

Child care allowance

EUR 100

Child care allowance for a child with a serious mental developmental disorder or serious physical impairment or a child with a specific illness from the list of serious illnesses

EUR 200

Partial payment for loss of earnings

Monthly payment

Full child care

EUR 734.15 gross

Reduced working hours

Pro rata partial payment for loss of earnings

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Forms you may need to fill in

All forms can be found on the MDDSZ web site.

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Who do you need to contact?

The right to cash benefit can be assessed at the Centre for Social Work.

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