Extension of Lockdown Relief

The due date to submit applications for the COVID-19 lockdown relief for working members, has been extended, following Government’s announcement for the extension of the containment period.

The relief will now close on Monday 17 May 2021, and not today, as earlier announced.

Fiji National Provident Fund Acting CEO Viliame Vodonaivalu said the closing date for the relief has been extended to enable members to submit their applications.

“We’ve received 12,828 applications and have paid out 8,687 members as at this morning. Total amount paid out is $1.9m – the amount topped up by Government is $375,590.51 and the balance is paid by the Fund.”

“Since we have a number of COVID-19 reliefs running concurrently, we have also had to schedule our payments to members. For the Lockdown relief, it is being paid out on Wednesdays and Fridays.”

“Members who qualify for this relief must try and contact their employers to confirm that their names have been submitted in the whitelist so that they can submit their applications.”

“Those who still can’t reach their employers must first check on the FNPF website that their employer is included in the whitelist before contacting our teams to assist them.”

Contribution Payments

Employers are reminded that contribution payments are due on Friday May 14, 2021.

The payment deadline had earlier been extended due to the lockdown restrictions.

“These are the payments for April 2021 contributions and which were due at the end of last month. A two-week extension had been given to employers to allow them to make the necessary arrangements,” said Mr. Vodonaivalu.

Employers who had uploaded their contribution schedules by 30 April, would qualify for the extension of contribution payments to 14 May and the penalty waiver.

Alternative Contact Modes

The Fund’s offices continue to be crowded during this period, despite advising our stakeholders that our services are limited during this period.

“Given the advisory for restricted movement and the need to adhere to physical distancing requirements, we plead with our members to contact us via telephone, email or on social media.”

“We have limited the services at our offices, so please only visit our office if you really need to and ensure you have the necessary personal protection equipment such as masks and hand sanitisers.”

“It’s important that we adhere to the health protocols to assist efforts to contain the spread of the virus and as the Health Ministry has advised, if we move, then the virus moves.”

All member or pensioner enquiries can be directed to 3307811 or Information@fnpf.com.fj

Employers can reach out to our team by calling 3238999 or EmployerHelpline@fnpf.com.fj