Government extends application period for unemployment assistance

Fiji National Provident Fund acting CEO Viliame Vodonaivalu speaks to the media at a press conference in Suva. Picture: JONA KONATACI/FT FILE

The Government Unemployment Assistance for Fijians living outside Viti Levu has been extended to October 31.

This application window is specifically for Fijians to apply through the myFNPF App only.

“The extension of the application period is to allow Fijians who may have missed out on the deadline last week, to submit applications,” said Fiji National Provident Fund CEO Viliame Vodonaivalu.

“We encourage Fijians who live outside of Viti Levu to be mindful of these dates and ensure they submit applications within the extension period.

“All information pertaining to the application process has been updated on the Fund’s website and shared to our social media platforms.”

Mr Vodonaivalu said members who had already applied for this second round need not reapply.

Payment will be done in November.

He said the Fun had already paid out the following COVID-19 relief assistance:

  • Housing assistance – $13.6m for 1452 members
  • Low balance accounts – $9.06m for 1714 members
  • Micro-Business Assistance – $5293 for 3 members.

Mr Vodonaivalu said the housing assistance would also be closing at the end of this month.

He has advised members who wanted to access this relief to contact their lenders or financial institutions where their home loans are held.

“Members who qualify for the Low balance withdrawal and the Micro-business assistance must ensure they provide the required documents to ensure minimum processing delays.”

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