Maternity Leave Benefit


An employed woman who has recently given birth and avails herself of the full maternity leave entitlement from her place of work as stipulated by the Maltese labour law will be eligible to a Maternity Leave Benefit. As from 2013 this benefit was extended to 4 weeks.
A self-occupied woman who has recently given birth is eligible for Maternity Leave Benefit. This benefit is paid for 4 weeks which is in addition to the first 14 weeks as maternity benefit entitlement.


A woman may be eligible to Maternity Leave Benefit, if the following criteria are fulfilled:
  1. Applicant is 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 resident in Malta or Gozo.
  2. Applicant is an employed person and avails herself of the full maternity leave entitlement as stipulated by the Employment and Industrial Relations Act (Cap 452 of the Laws of Malta), that is the first 14 weeks paid maternity leave by employer.
3.  Applicant is a self-occupied person and is eligible for Maternity Benefit entitlement.


When completed the application must reach the Department of Social Security when applicant ends her 18th week of maternity leave and by not later than six months from this date. All sections of the form should be completed and where applicable endorsed by applicant’s employer. Payment is effected in one lump sum.

Documents Required

  1. The application duly filled and signed by applicant.
  2. Part 2 of the form has to be endorsed by the employer (in the case of  an employed person).
The form is not to be submitted before the end of the 18th week of maternity leave and not later than 6 months following this date. 

Payment Method

The Department of Social Security informs the applicant about the outcome of the claim.  Once awarded, Maternity Leave Benefit is deposited into a bank account specified by the applicant.

Payment Dates

To check when is your next payment please visit this page by clicking here.

How to apply?

You can call at any Social Security Office(view list here) and apply there.

You can apply online by visiting the Eforms page.

Alternatively, you can download the application as indicated below:

Click here to print application in Maltese.

Click here to print application in English.

Once you complete the application and you have all the required documents, you can send it by post to:

Department of Social Security 
Children's Allowance Section
38, Ordinance Street
Valletta VLT 2000​​

Alternatively, you can also drop it at your nearest Social Security Office