The GPPB scheme supports working natural and adoptive fathers (including self-employed) who do not qualify for the Government-Paid Paternity Leave (GPPL) scheme due to their employment arrangements (e.g on multiple short-term employment contracts, or employment contracts expired before the birth or adoption of their child).
Eligibility for natural fathers:
1. Your child is born, or has an estimated delivery date (EDD), on or after 1 Jan 2021.
2. Your child is a Singapore citizen.
• If your child is not a Singapore citizen at birth, you can be eligible for GPPB if he/she obtains Singapore citizenship within 12 months from his/her date of birth (inclusive of date of birth).
3. You have been in employment or self-employment for at least 90 days in the 12 months before your child's date of birth.
4. You are/were lawfully married to the child's mother at some point between conception and birth.
• You can be eligible for GPPB if you are legally married to the child’s mother within 12 months from your child's date of birth (inclusive of date of birth).
5. You do not qualify for benefits under the GPPL scheme.
Eligibility for adoptive fathers:
1. You are the child’s adoptive father
2. Your Formal Intent to Adopt (FIA) date is on or after 1 Jan 2021.
3. Your child is less than 12 months old at the point of your FIA.
4. Your child must be adopted within 1 year from the date of your FIA (inclusive of FIA date).*
5. Your child is a Singapore Citizen. Where the child is not a Singapore Citizen, one of the adoptive parents must be a Singapore Citizen on the date of FIA and the adopted child must obtain Singapore Citizenship within 6 months after the Adoption Order is passed (inclusive of Adoption order date).*
6. You have been in employment or self-employment for at least 90 days in the 12 months before your FIA date.
7. You do not qualify for benefits under the GPPL scheme.
*The government will recover payments from you if these criteria are not met.
GPPB will be equivalent to 2 weeks of Government-Paid Paternity Leave (GPPL), based on the natural or adoptive father’s average income earned over the 12-month period preceding child’s date of birth (for natural fathers) or FIA (for adoptive fathers).
Formal intent to adopt is defined as:
Child’s citizenship at date of birth||
Definition of "Formal Intent to Adopt (FIA)"||
Date when an application to adopt is submitted to the Court.|||
Not a Singapore citizen
Date when the Dependent's Pass (DP) is issued in respect of the child.|||
Eligible parents will be able to apply from December 2021. We encourage parents who may be eligible to submit their applications only when the system is in operation, to avoid having to submit supporting documents twice.
More details on the eligibility criteria and how to apply will be published closer to the date.