Family Allowances

Find out about the monetary aid provided to families in Switzerland...

All salaried employees and the unemployed in Switzerland are entitled to family allowances, paid from the first month following the birth. The exact amount paid depends on the canton of residence. In some cantons, the self-employed are also entitled to an allowance. Some cantons also pay a birth or adoption allowance.

There are two types of family allowance:

  • Child allowance, paid up to the age of 16, or up to 20 in the case of incapacity
  • Training allowance for children aged 16 to 25 in full time education

Claims for family allowance in Switzerland are submitted to the employer. The unemployed must submit an application to their local AVS/AHV compensation fund.

  • For further information on family allowances from the Federal Social Insurance Fund: Click here
  • For detailed information and to search for a local compensation office: Click here