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Summary of Measures
Measure What it means From
Meeting People Singles have access to dating services through the Social Development Network (SDN), its partners and SDN-accredited private dating agencies. Existing
Housing Schemes & Grants Priority is given to first-timer applicants in the purchase of new HDB flats. Existing
First-timers may also apply for CPF Housing Grants (e.g. Family Grant, Additional CPF Housing Grant, Special CPF Housing Grant) to help them finance their flat purchase. Existing
Parents with 3 or more children are given priority allocation for new HDB flats. Existing
Parenthood Priority Scheme First-timer married couples with children (including those expecting a child) are given priority allocation for their HDB flats, as a proportion of flats is set aside for them. Jan 2013
Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme First-timer married couples can rent a flat from HDB at an affordable rental rate while awaiting the completion of their new flats. Jan 2013
Medisave Maternity Package Parents can use their Medisave to help pay for both delivery and pre-delivery medical expenses. Existing
Medisave for Assisted Conception Procedures (ACP) Couples can withdraw the following amounts from Medisave for ACP, up to a lifetime withdrawal limit of $15,000:
  • 1st cycle: up to $6,000
  • 2nd cycle: up to $5,000
  • 3rd and subsequent cycles: up to $4,000
Enhanced Co-Funding for Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) Treatment The Government co-funds up to 75% of the cost of each ART treatment received at public hospitals, with co-funding now extended to three fresh and three frozen cycles1. Couples with children are also eligible for co-funding. 1 Jan 2013
Accouchement Fees for Higher-Order Births Accouchement fees in public hospitals are no longer differentiated across birth order. 1 Jan 2013
1Capped at up to $6,300 and $1,200 respectively for fresh and frozen treatment cycles.
Raising And Caring For Your Children
Enhanced Baby Bonus Parents receive an enhanced cash gift of $6,000 (up from $4,000) each for their 1st and 2nd child, and $8,000 (up from $6,000) each for their 3rd and 4th child. The cash gift is fully disbursed earlier, within 12 months of the child’s birth (instead of the 18 months previously). 26 Aug 2012
Savings to a child’s Child Development Account (CDA) are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Government for up to $6,000 each for the 1st and 2nd child, up to $12,000 each for the 3rd and 4th child, and up to $18,000 each from the 5th child onwards. Existing
With effect from 1 January 2013, the CDA has been extended by 6 years. This means that children born on or after 1 January 2006 continue to have their CDAs open until 31 December of the year they turn 12, instead of 31 December of the year they turn 6. Parents can continue to save into the CDA and use CDA funds for their children and their siblings until 31 December of the year they turn 12. 1 Jan 2013
Medisave Grant for Newborns Each citizen newborn has a CPF Medisave account opened for him/her, with a Medisave grant of $3,000 deposited.

The first $1,500 is deposited after birth registration, and the remaining $1,500 is deposited in the subsequent year, provided that the child remains enrolled in MediShield or a Medisave-approved Integrated Shield Plan.
26 Aug 2012
MediShield Coverage for Congenital & Neonatal Conditions
Newborns are covered under MediShield from birth with no underwriting, including for congenital and neonatal conditions, so long as their parents do not opt them out. 1 Mar 2013
Parenthood Tax Rebate (PTR) Parents can claim the PTR of $5,000 for their 1st child, $10,000 for their 2nd child, and $20,000 each for all subsequent children. Existing
Qualifying/ Handicapped Child Relief (QCR/HCR)
Parents can claim $4,000 per child under QCR, or $7,500 per child under HCR (from YA2015 onwards). Existing
Working Mother's Child Relief (WMCR) Working mothers can claim the WMCR at 15% of earned income for their 1st child, 20% for the 2nd, and 25% per child for all subsequent children. Existing
Grandparent Caregiver Relief (GCR) Working mothers can claim a GCR of $3,000 if their children aged 12 years and below are cared for by the child’s grandparents. Existing
Enhanced Subsidies for Centre-Based Infant & Child Care All parents with citizen children enrolled in licensed child care centres continue to be eligible for the Basic Subsidy of up to $600 for infant care and $300 for child care. Existing
From 1 Apr 2013, families with monthly household incomes of $7,500 and below are eligible for an Additional Subsidy, with lower-income families receiving more. Larger families with many dependents can also choose to have their Additional Subsidy computed on a Per Capita Income (PCI) basis. 1 Apr 2013
Enhanced Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession Parents can enjoy a $205 foreign domestic worker levy concession from 1 May 2015 (increased from $145 previously) if they have a young child aged below 16 years, an elderly family member, or family members with disabilities staying in the same household. 1 May 2015
Supporting Work-Life Harmony
Maternity Leave Working mothers are eligible for 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. Existing
Extended Child Care Leave Parents have 6 days of paid child care leave per year each if they have at least one citizen child aged below 7 years. Existing
Parents have 2 days of paid child care leave per year each if they have at least one citizen child aged 7-12 years 2. 1 May 2013*
Infant Care Leave Parents have 6 days of unpaid infant care leave per year each if they have at least one citizen child aged below 2 years. Existing
Adoption Leave Adoptive mothers with an adopted infant aged below 12 months are eligible for 4 weeks of paid adoption leave. 1 May 2013
Enhanced Maternity Protection for Pregnant Employees Working mothers will be eligible for maternity leave benefits if they are dismissed without sufficient cause or retrenched within the full duration of their pregnancy. 1 May 2013
Government-Paid Maternity Benefit Working mothers who are not eligible for maternity leave may apply to receive the Government-Paid Maternity Benefit, as long as they have been in employment for a total of at least 90 days in the 12 months leading up to childbirth. 1 Jan 2013
Work-Life Grant The Work-Life Grant, which is part of the WorkPro programme, provides support to employers to implement work-life strategies, in particular flexible work arrangements to enable their employees to balance work and family commitments. 1 Apr 2013
2 For parents with citizen children in both age groups, i.e. those below 7 years as well as those between 7 and 12 years, the total paid child care leave for each parent is a maximum of 6 days per year.
Encouraging Shared Parental Responsibility
Paternity Leave Working fathers are eligible for 1 week of paid paternity leave. 1 May 2013*
Shared Parental Leave Working fathers are eligible to share 1 week of the 16 weeks of maternity leave, subject to the agreement of the mother. 1 May 2013*

* Employers are encouraged to introduce these policies from 1 Jan 2013 onwards. From 1 May 2013, it is mandatory for employers to comply with these policies.

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