Government’s one thousand dollar ‘Parenthood Assistance Payment’ comes into effect today!
Passed in the 2018-19 Budget, the assistance is dedicated to helping low-income Fijian families, to cover the costs of having and raising a newborn child.
The programme will help parents not only cover the cost of child rearing during infancy and upon entering primary school, it will also establish a solid financial foundation for the child to benefit from and build upon for the rest of his or her life.
Registration is purposefully mother-driven, as this programme aims to empower Fijian mothers and drive a cultural shift toward female-led financial stewardship in Fiji.
Special provisions will be made for situations in which the mother is unable to apply.
To be eligible:
the child must be born on or after 1 August 2018;
have a mother who is a Fijian citizen residing in Fiji;
live with parents whose total income is $30,000 per year or less, if the father is not living with the mother, her individual income is $30,000 or less.
; and have their Parenthood Assistance Payment application filed within one year of the child’s date of birth.
Spot checks will be conducted by the Ministry of Economy audit teams to verify claims and ensure that information provided is truthful and accurate.
under the False Information Act 2016, any false information given to Government for the purposes of receiving a benefit is an offense punishable by law, and may result in a requirement to repay the benefit, a fine of up to $20,000 or an imprisonment term of up to 10 years or any or all of the foregoing.