No general provision for training leave exists in Austria. There are, however, specific statutory provisions which (at least partly) pursue the same objectives. One such example is unpaid training leave (Bildungskarenz), which arises when the employer and employee agree to arrange a period of 6-12 months' unpaid leave (Karenzurlaub) for the purposes of further training (particularly in the form of Employment Service initiatives to enhance skills). In such cases the employee concerned is entitled to be paid, for the duration of the training course concerned, a further-training allowance (Weiterbildungsgeld) equivalent to interim benefit.
A provision which is, on the other hand, exclusive to works council members entitles the latter to a period of paid (or extendible and unpaid) release from work (Bildungsfreistellung) for the purpose of attending educational and training courses organized or recognized by the social partners which are predominantly directed at imparting knowledge relevant to the performance of their duties (see works constitution: works council members).