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Summary of Measures
Measure What it means From
Getting Married
Finding a Partner Singles have access to dating services through the Social Development Network (SDN), its partners and SDN-accredited private dating agencies. Existing
Setting Up a Home
Housing for Couples
(Enhanced)
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, Proximity Housing Grant) to help them finance their flat purchase.

From 20 February 2017, the Family Grant was increased by $20,000 (from $30,000 to $50,000) for first-timer families buying a four-room or smaller resale flat, and $10,000 (from $30,000 to $40,000) for first-timer families buying a five-room or larger resale flat.
Existing
Parenthood Priority Scheme Married couples with at least 1 first-timer and at least 1 citizen child aged below 16 years (including those expecting a child) are given priority allocation for their HDB flats, as a proportion of flats is set aside for them. Existing
Third Child Priority Scheme Families with 3 or more children are given priority allocation for new HDB flats. Existing
Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme Couples can rent a flat from HDB at below market rates while awaiting the completion of their new flats. Existing
Having Children
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
Existing
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 up to three fresh and three frozen cycles. Existing
Raising And Caring For Your Children
Baby Bonus

The Baby Bonus cash gift is provided to children of all birth orders ($8,000 each for the 1st and 2nd child, and $10,000 each from the 3rd child onwards).

Existing
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.

Eligible Singapore Citizen children born on or after 24 March 2016 will receive the CDA First Step - an initial balance of $3,000 (which comes from the Government's existing contribution caps) given without parents having to save in the CDA first.
Existing
Medisave Grant for Newborns Each citizen newborn will have a CPF Medisave account opened for him/her, with a Medisave Grant for Newborns of $4,000 deposited. Existing
MediShield Life Coverage from Birth
Newborns are covered under MediShield Life from birth with no underwriting, including for congenital and neonatal conditions. Existing
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. 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
Subsidies for Centre-Based Infant & Child Care Parents with citizen children enrolled in licensed child care centres are eligible for the Basic Subsidy of up to $600 for infant care and $300 for child care. Existing
Families with monthly household incomes of $7,500 and below are eligible for an Additional Subsidy, with lower-income families receiving more. Existing
Foreign Domestic Worker Levy Concession Parents can enjoy a $205 foreign domestic worker levy concession if they have a young child aged below 16 years, an elderly family member, or family members with disabilities staying in the same household. Existing
Supporting Work-Life Harmony
Maternity Leave Working mothers are eligible for 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. Existing
Extended Child Care Leave Both 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
Both parents have 2 days of paid child care leave per year each if they have at least one citizen child aged 7-12 years 1. Existing
Infant Care Leave Both 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
(Enhanced)
Adoptive mothers with an adopted infant aged below 12 months will be eligible for 12 weeks of paid adoption leave, up from 4 weeks currently. 1 July 2017
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. Existing
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. Existing
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. Existing
1 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
(Enhanced)
Working fathers are eligible for 2 weeks of paid paternity leave. The second week of paid paternity leave was made mandatory for employers to provide, from 2017 onwards. 1 January 2017
Shared Parental Leave
(Enhanced)
Working fathers will be eligible to share 4 week of the 16 weeks of maternity leave, up from 1 week currently, subject to the agreement of the mother. 1 July 2017
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