Government-Paid Paternity Leave

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If you are a working father, you can take two weeks of Government-Paid Paternity Leave to spend time caring for your newborn, and helping your wife at home as she recovers from childbirth.

The Government-Paid Paternity Leave should be taken in a two-week block within 16 weeks from your child’s date of birth. If there is a mutual agreement between you and your employer, you can take the paternity leave flexibly, but should do so within 12 months from your child’s date of birth.

You are eligible for Government-Paid Paternity Leave if you meet all the following criteria:

1. Your child is a Singapore Citizen at birth, or in the case of a stillborn child, would have been a Singapore Citizen at birth.

2. You are lawfully married to the child's mother sometime between conception and birth.

  • If not, you can be eligible for the Government-Paid Paternity Leave if you are legally married to your child’s mother within 12 months from your child’s date of birth. 
  • Note: The Government-Paid Paternity Leave can only be taken after you are married and within 12 months from your child’s date of birth.

3. a. Employees: You have worked for your employer for a continuous period of at least three months before your child is born.
    b. Self-employed: You have been engaged in a particular business, trade, profession or vocation for a continuous period of at least three months before your child is born, and have lost income because you did not engage in your business, trade or profession during the leave period.


If you are an adoptive father, you are eligible for Government-Paid Paternity Leave if you meet all the following criteria:

1. The child you are adopting is a Singapore citizen and you have made an application to the Court to adopt him or her.

  • If your child is not a Singapore citizen, a Dependant’s Pass has been issued by the Ministry of Social and Family Development in respect of the child; and either you or your spouse (if she is a joint applicant to the adoption) has been a Singapore citizen since the date when the pass was issued.

2. a. Employees: You have worked for your employer for at least three continuous months preceding the Formal Intent to Adopt date*.

    b. Self-employed: You have been engaged in a particular business, trade, profession or vocation for a continuous period of at least three continuous months preceding the Formal Intent to Adopt date, and have lost income as a result of not engaging in your business, trade or profession during the leave period.

3. You are not the biological father of the child.


If you are an adoptive father, the Government-Paid Paternity Leave reimbursed/granted may be recovered if:

a. Your child is not adopted within 12 months from the Formal Intent to Adopt date; or
b. Your child is not a Singapore citizen by birth and does not become one within six months from the date he or she is adopted.

*Formal Intent to Adopt:

• For a Singapore Citizen child: the date on which an application to adopt is made to the Court; or

• For a child who is not a Singapore Citizen: the date on which a Dependant’s Pass was issued by the Ministry of Social and Family Development in respect of the child, or a document indicating the application for the pass has been approved.

Paternity Leave is paid by the Government. Reimbursement is capped at $2,500 per week i.e., total of $5,000 for two weeks. The caps are inclusive of CPF contributions.

Click the Pro-Family Leave page for more details on the application process.

  • FAQ
    • 1. How do I apply for Government-Paid Paternity Leave?

      Click the Pro-Family Leave page for more details on the application process.

    • 2. When must I use my Government-Paid Paternity Leave by? Must it be taken immediately after my child’s birth?

      As the leave is intended for you to spend time with your newborn, and help your wife recover from childbirth, the leave should be taken as a two-week block within 16 weeks after the birth of a Singapore Citizen child. It can also be taken flexibly within 12 months after your child is born, if you and your employer have a mutual agreement on that.

    • 3. Can I take Government-Paid Paternity Leave flexibly on separate days, rather than taking it as a continuous block over two weeks?

      The leave can be taken flexibly within 12 months from the day your child is born. This is subject to mutual agreement between you and your employer. If the both of you cannot agree on the leave arrangement, the default is to take the leave in a continuous block of two weeks, within 16 weeks after your child is born.

    • 4. I am a Permanent Resident/foreigner working in Singapore. Am I eligible for the Government-Paid Paternity Leave for my biological child?

      You are eligible if your child is a Singapore Citizen and you meet the other criteria.

    • 5. If my child is not a Singapore citizen at birth, but obtains citizenship subsequently, can I qualify for the Government-Paid Paternity Leave?

      You may still qualify if your child obtains Singapore citizenship within 12 months from the date he or she is born, and you meet the other criteria. The leave can only be consumed after your child obtains Singapore Citizenship and within 12 months from the day your child is born.

    • 6. How do employers and the self-employed claim for Government-Paid Paternity Leave reimbursement?

      Employers can make reimbursement claims at the Pro-Family Leave website.

    • 7. Am I eligible for the Government-Paid Paternity Leave if I am still on probation at work?

      You will be eligible for it if you have worked for a continuous period of at least three months before your child is born.