Any pregnant woman who fulfills the
criteria set out by the Social Security Act can apply for this benefit.
The application for this benefit is
to be submitted by the claimant once all the available maternity leave is used
up that is after the 18th week of maternity leave but before 6
months from the 18th week..
applicant should be a citizen of Malta or married to a citizen of Malta, or is
a citizen of a European Union Member State, or a citizen of a member country of
the European Social Charter, or has a refugee status and is ordinarily resides
in Malta or Gozo.
applicant must have availed herself of more than 14 weeks of maternity
leave. The employer pays the first 14
weeks of Maternity Leave while this benefit is paid for the remainder weeks up
to a maximum of 4 weeks.
a claimant has a part time job, she should produce a declaration from the employer
stating which periods of the availed of maternity leave have been paid.
the case of teachers, those paid for summer holidays are paid this benefit but
still need to produce a letter from their Human Resources office stating the
maternity leave periods that were availed of during the summer months.
the case of a self-occupied person, if the full 18 weeks of maternity leave are
availed of, the claimant may apply and be entitled to both Maternity Benefit
and Maternity Leave Benefit.
form filled in and signed by applicant.
form and declaration signed by the employer stating that the claimant has availed
herself of the 14 weeks of paid maternity leave and 4 weeks unpaid maternity
leave, giving the exact dates of when leave was taken and when the applicant
intends to return to work.
Payments for this benefit are issued
after the application is received and processed. T
he benefit rates
payable can be viewed by clicking
Maternity Leave Benefit payments are
deposited directly into a beneficiary’s bank account unless the applicant is in
receipt of Social and Unemployment Assistance, Age Pension or has an
outstanding garnishee order. In the case of a garnishee order, the claimant
must produce a legal document stating the details of the garnishee orders.
Claimants in receipt of Social and Unemployment Assistance wishing to have
their Maternity Benefit payments deposited directly into their bank account may
also present a document with their request which will be reviewed individually.
How to Apply
Applicants that wish to receive the
benefit must complete an application form after the 18th week of
maternity leave but before 6 months from the 18th week.
applicant may call at any Social Security Office (view
list here) and
Alternatively, one may download a copy of
the form by visiting our