Child Development Co-Savings Act
(CHAPTER 38A)

(Original Enactment: Act 13 of 2001)

REVISED EDITION 2002
(31st July 2002)
An Act to encourage married persons in Singapore to have more children, to facilitate the provision of cash grants and the making of financial provision for the development of children, to enable financial provision to be made for children of parents who have been granted a divorce, a judicial separation or an annulment of marriage, and for matters connected therewith.
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[1st April 2001]
PART I
PRELIMINARY
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Child Development Co-Savings Act.
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Interpretation
2.—(1)  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“approved person” means a person approved by the Minister as an approved person under the regulations made under section 7;
“bank account” means a bank account opened under the regulations made under section 3;
“benefit period”, in relation to a female employee to whom subsection (1), (1A), (1B), (1C), (1D), (1E) or (1F) of section 9 applies, means such period as she is entitled under the applicable subsection to receive payment from her employer at her gross rate of pay;
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“confinement” means the delivery of a child;
“dependant’s pass”, in relation to a child, means a dependant’s pass issued in respect of the child under regulations made under the Immigration Act (Cap. 133) to enable the child to remain, or to enter and remain, in Singapore for the purposes of adoption under the Adoption of Children Act (Cap. 4), and includes a document evidencing that the application for the dependant’s pass has been approved;
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“employee” means any person who has entered into or works under a contract of service with an employer in Singapore, and includes a workman and any officer or employee of the Government;
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“employer” means any person who employs another person under a contract of service and includes —
(a)the Government;
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(b)any statutory authority;
(c)the duly authorised agent or manager of the employer; and
(d)the person who owns or who is carrying on or is for the time being responsible for the management of the profession, business, trade or work in which the employee is engaged;
“gross rate of pay” means the total amount of money including allowances to which an employee is entitled under her contract of service either for working for a period of time, that is, for one hour, one day, one week, one month or for such other period as may be stated or implied in her contract of service, or for each completed piece or task of work but does not include —
(a)additional payments by way of overtime payments;
(b)additional payments by way of bonus payments or annual wage supplements;
(c)any sum paid to the employee to reimburse her for special expenses incurred by her in the course of her employment;
(d)productivity incentive payments; and
(e)travelling, food or housing allowances;
“medical practitioner” means a medical practitioner registered under the Medical Registration Act (Cap. 174);
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“member” means a member of the Scheme;
“natural father”, in relation to a child, includes a person who is identified in the registration of the birth of the child as the father of the child;
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“parent”, in relation to a child, includes a legal guardian of the child;
“part-time employee” has the same meaning as in section 66A(1) of the Employment Act (Cap. 91);
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“personal representative” means the executor, original or by representation, or administrator for the time being of a deceased person;
“productivity incentive payment” has the same meaning as in section 2(1) of the Employment Act (Cap. 91);
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“PSE account” has the same meaning as in the Education Endowment and Savings Schemes Act (Cap. 87A);
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“Scheme” means the Child Development Co-Savings Scheme established by the regulations made under section 3;
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“self-employed man” means any man resident in Singapore who engages in or carries on any trade, business, profession or vocation other than employment under a contract of service and derives income from such trade, business, profession or vocation, or such other man declared by the Minister to be a self-employed man for the purposes of this Act;
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“self-employed woman” means any woman resident in Singapore who engages in or carries on any trade, business, profession or vocation other than employment under a contract of service and derives income from such trade, business, profession or vocation or such other woman declared by the Minister to be a self-employed woman for the purposes of this Act.
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(2)  For the purpose of determining whether a confinement referred to in Part III (referred to in this section as the relevant confinement) is the first, the second, the third or any subsequent confinement of a woman, any previous confinement shall be disregarded if, at the time of the relevant confinement, there is no living child from the previous confinement.
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