Overview

Children’s Allowance is awarded to married couples; civil union couples; cohabiting couples; single parents; separated parents or returned migrants, having the care and custody of their children under 16 years of age.

What you'll get

Upon registration of the child’s birth with the Malta's Public Registry, the process for the payment of a Children’s Allowance is automatically initiated by the Department of Social Security. The beneficiary is automatically awarded a Children’s Allowance based on the minimum rate. In addition, a notification letter is sent to the parents requesting any missing details necessary for the award of a Children’s Allowance should this be the case.

The payments for this allowance are issued every 13 weeks in advance.

To view the schedule of Benefit Rates click here.

Eligibility

  • One of the parents should be a citizen of Malta or married to a Maltese citizen or in Civil Union with a Maltese citizen, or 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 ordinarily resides in Malta or Gozo
  • In case of EU Nationals where:
    • One of the parents is legally employed in Malta and the other parent is living and is unemployed in a foreign country, the Department of Social Security is bound to pay Children’s Allowance
    • One of the parents is legally employed in Malta and the other parent is living and is on unpaid leave in a foreign country, the Department of Social Security is bound to pay Children’s Allowance
    • One of the parents is legally employed in Malta and the other parent is living and is employed in a foreign country, then that foreign country is bound to pay Children’s Allowance if the child is living with the parent in the foreign country. If the child is living with the parent being employed in Malta, then the Department of Social Security will pay the Children’s Allowance, even though the other parent is employed abroad
  • In case of Third Country Nationals where:
    • A claimant and child are both living in Malta
    • Both parents have valid residential permits
    • One or both parents is/are in employment for at least the past 6 months or is/are in receipt of Social Assistance / Subsidiary Assistance issued by the Department of Social Security
  • Children’s Allowance may be awarded to claimants working on board Maltese Registered Vessels, under the same working conditions that apply to EU nationals
  • The applicant should be a resident of Malta at least 3 months before the date of application 
  • In the case of every child born, it is the duty of the father and the mother, and in default of both, of the physician, surgeon, midwife, or any other person in attendance at the birth, or in whose house the birth has taken place, to give, within 15 days of such birth, notice thereof to the Public Registry. The person transmitting such notice, is to present his/her Identity Card, and any documentation provided to him/her by the hospital
  • The applicant is bound to notify the Department of Social Security (not later than 6 months from occurrence) of any change in circumstances such as death, separation, marriage/co-habitation, change in custody, change of address, change in Bank Account number or termination/start of employment
  • Following the initial award of Children’s Allowance, a yearly review is carried out by the Department of Social Security based on information received through the Commissioner for Revenue and Financial Institutions. The Children’s Allowance rate is based on the household income 2 years prior to the claim and/or revision of claim

Application Forms:

  • For the Children's Allowance (annual income exceeding €25,227) - For the period between 5th January 2019 and 3rd January 2020 form, click here.
  • For the Children's Allowance (annual income not exceeding €25,227) - For the period between 5th January 2019 and 3rd January 2020 form, click here.

How to apply

Fill in the online form and submit.