The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019 which has spread rapidly to over 200 countries and was declared a pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020 due to its global outbreak. On Thursday, 19 March 2020, Fiji confirmed its first case of COVID-19.

On Thursday, the 19th of March, 2020 Fiji confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19. The disease has significantly impacted not only businesses and organizations but also the livelihood of the normal and everyday Fijian. 

Fiji, and other small island developing states across the world, are bracing themselves for an economic impact that could well exceed a severe tropical hurricane, such as Cyclone Winston which struck Fiji in 2016 and wiped out one-third of our gross domestic product in just 36 hours.

The Fiji National Provident Fund is aware of social responsibilities and in partnership with the Fijian Government, has put implemented relief packages to assist its members and employers during this time or hardship.

COVID-19 Withdrawal Scheme for members

The following are the current phases of withdrawal scheme:

Phase 1 is in two categories.

  • Category 1 (Government Top Up is applicable) -  employees who work in the Tourism Sector ($1,000) and those affected due to physical distancing issues or work within the lock-down zone nation wide ($500).  Employees who have had reduced working hours; been sent on leave without pay; reduced wage rate or salary; terminated or permanently laid off can apply for either $1,000 or $500 withdrawal.
  • Category 2 (Government Top Up NOT applicable) - covers taxi, mini van or hire drivers, small enterprise owners and employees who have resigned, been terminated, non-renewal of contract, laid off or seasonal workers in the last 6 months can withdraw up to $1000 from their General Account depending on their eligibility. 

Note: Phase 1 withdrawal closes on 29 May 2020.

Phase 2 is in three categories.

  • Category 1 (Government Top Up is applicable) -  members who withdrew in the first phase of COVID-19 Withdrawal & have exhausted their FNPF General Account (GA) balance will receive $220 from the Government as first installment by 29 May 2020. This does not include those that applied under SME and Taxi drivers in Phase 1.
  • Category 2 (Government Top Up is applicable) - members who withdrew in the first phase of COVID-19 Withdrawal and are now/still unemployed, can apply for $1,100 from your General Account. Payment in five instalments of $220 per fortnight. This is effective from 9 June 2020. 
  • Category 3 (Government Top Up is applicable) - members who did not apply for the first COVID-19 Withdrawal and have become unemployed, can apply for lump sum of $1,100 from your General Account. This is effective from 9 June 2020. 

Employer contribution

To support all employers in Fiji, the statutory FNPF employer contribution is halved from 10 percent to 5 percent effective from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020. This expected to provide a $130 million relief to employers for the next 9 months.

The employee Contribution is reduced from 8 percent to 5 percent effective from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020. This will put around $80 million back in the pockets of Fijian employees for the next 9 months.

Pensioners Assistance

The Fund has decided to waive renewal certificate submissions for all Pensioners whose certificates were due in March, April, May or June and pay based on the presumption of life.

This decision was implemented in light of preventative measures against COVID-19 to discourage our senior members from visiting public open or crowded places.

This will be reviewed again in respect of the duration of the public restrictions that are currently in place.

The Fund paid one-off additional payment to Retirement Income Fund annuitants (active pensioners)

Additional Payment to Pensioners 

More than 7,000 Fiji National Provident Fund pensioners received a COVID-19 relief payment on Tuesday 26 May 2020. 

Inactive pensioners will need to contact the Fund for validation before payment will be processeed.

The listing of inactive pensioners will be publicized on the FNPF website, our social pages and newspaper by 1 June, giving them till 30 June 2020 to contact the Fund.