Government-Paid Maternity Leave (GPML): How to apply

Updated: 26 Feb 2014
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Working mothers are entitled to 16 weeks of Government-paid Maternity Leave at the birth of their Singapore Citizen child.

For her first 2 childbirths, her employer will pay for 8 weeks of her maternity leave while the government pays the remaining 8 weeks. For her 3rd and subsequent childbirths, the government will pay for the full 16 weeks of maternity leave.

Benefits at a glance

Illustration of how paid maternity leave is structured

  • For each of your first 2 childbirths, the government pays for the 9th – 16th week of your maternity leave, capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks or a total of $20,000 for each childbirth.
  • For each of your 3rd and subsequent childbirths, the government pays for 16 weeks of your maternity leave, capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks or a total of $40,000 for each childbirth.

    Tip

    Working mothers who qualify for the GPML scheme can share 1 week of her GPML with the child's father under the Shared Parental Leave (SPL) scheme

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  • Your paid maternity leave can be consumed within a period starting from 4 weeks before delivery till 12 months from your child's birth.
  • You must consume your first 8 weeks of maternity leave in a block (i.e. continuously). The last 8 weeks can be used flexibly over 12 months from your child's birth, upon mutual agreement with your employer.
  • Mothers who had stillbirths are also eligible for GPML if they meet the eligibility criteria.
  • You cannot use your maternity leave to offset the notice period when you leave your job.

Are you eligible?

You must meet the following requirements to qualify for GPML:

  • Your child is a Singapore Citizen;
  • You are lawfully married to your child's father; and
  • If you are an employee: You must have served your employer for at least 3 months immediately before your child's birth; or
    If you are self-employed: You must be engaged in your business, trade or profession for a continuous period of at least 3 months immediately before the child's birth.

Tips

If you are not lawfully married to the child's father and/or the child is not a Singapore Citizen at time of birth, you need to fulfill the GPML eligibility requirements within 12 months.

  • Your GPML benefits in this instance will start from the date of your marriage and/or the date your child obtains Singapore Citizenship.
  • Your GPML benefits must be consumed within 12 months from your child's birth. (i.e., if you marry your child's father 11 months after the child's birth, you are only entitled to 1 month of GPML benefits).

Maternity Benefits in Special Situations

If you do not qualify for the GPML Scheme, you may still enjoy privileges under the Government-Paid Maternity Benefits Scheme.

Please refer to Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) website if your child is not a Singapore citizen.

Shared Parental Leave Scheme

The Shared Parental Leave (SPL) scheme entitles a working father to 1 week of his wife's paid-maternity leave.

Find out more information on the SPL scheme, including application and claiming procedures.

How to apply: If you are an employee

  1. Give your employer early notice of your leave arrangement. This allows your employer time to verify your eligibility and make alternative work arrangement.

    Note: Even if you have agreed on a flexible maternity leave arrangement, the first 8 weeks of leave must be taken as one continuous block.

  2. Submit the declaration form (Form GPML1 ) to your employer, with all the necessary supporting documents. Your employer may use its own declaration form/system for you to declare your eligibility.
  3. Apply for maternity leave in accordance with your company's leave application procedures.

How to claim: If you are self-employed

The government will pay you for the days you were on maternity leave.

The payment is capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks and is calculated based on your Notice of Assessment from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

  1. Record and keep a personal log of your GPML dates.
  2. Submit your claims online to the CPF Board within 3 months from the last day of your maternity leave.

    Tip

    If you do not have a standing payment instruction with the CPF Board, submit a Direct Credit Authorization (DCA) form with the bank's endorsement at least 1 week before making an online claim. This will enable the CPF Board to upload your bank details onto your online application form.
  3. Proceed to the CPF website to make an online claim.
  4. Log on to my cpf Online Services with your SingPass to check on the status of your application. A notification letter will be sent to you once your application has been processed.

Note: Late claims will be denied.

Processing time:
Please refer to the CPF website

How to claim: If you are the employer

  1. Obtain the declaration form (Form GPML1 ) and supporting documents from your employee at the point of her GPML application. You may also use your own form or system to capture the employee's declaration. Click here for the information you would need to capture in the declaration.
  2. Submit your employee's claims online to the CPF Board within 3 months from the last day of your employee's maternity leave.

    Tip

    Submit a Direct Credit Authorization (DCA) form with the bank's endorsement, to the CPF Board at least 1 week before you submit your GPML claim online. This enables the CPF Board to upload your bank details onto your application form.
  3. Proceed to the CPF website to make an online claim.
  4. Log on to my cpf Online Services with your SingPass to check on the status of your application. A notification letter will also be sent to you and your employee once your application has been processed.

Note: Late claims will be denied.

Processing time:
Please refer to the CPF website

Service & Tools

Maternity self-assessment tool
Check if you are eligible for maternity leave.
Maternity leave calculator
Estimate the amount of government-paid maternity leave you can claim.
Make a maternity leave claim against your employer
If you have a dispute with your employer concerning maternity leave, you can file a claim with MOM if you are covered under the Employment Act.
Book a consultation appointment with MOM
Before you make a claim against your employer, you can also make an appointment with MOM for a free consultation.
Government-paid Maternity Leave (GPML) application form for Employers (For stillbirth only)
Please submit hard copy forms for GPML application for stillbirth.
Government-paid Maternity Leave (GPML) application form for Self-employed (For stillbirth only)
Please submit hard copy forms for GPML application for stillbirth.
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