REGISTER WITH THE VANUATU NATIONAL PROVIDENT FUND (VNPF)
It is a requirement by the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) Act that investors doing business in Vanuatu must register with the Fund if they employ one or more people. Once registered, employers must ensure that all employees earning above the minimum earnings threshold apply to register with the Fund within 14 days of commencing their employment.
Employer registration with the Fund involves the following steps:
- Complete the prescribed application form
s available from VNPF’s website – Form E (application for registration as an employer) and Form E/B (list of all employees currently employed).
- Submit the completed application forms, along with a copy of employer’s business license(s) to either the VNPF’s Port Vila or Luganville office. Please note the Luganville office forwards all employer registration applications to Port Vila for processing.
- Receive the employer registration package including a letter confirming registration, employer registration certificate, a copy of the Employer’s Handbook, the latest copy of the VNPF newsletter, and employee contribution schedules along with instructions of how to complete them.
Employers can register as an employer without having hired employees yet. Under this scenario they are not required to submit Form E/B but only indicate the date they expect to become an employer.
Employer registration takes 3 to 4 working days once the application has been received by VNPF’s Employer Services Department based in Port Vila.
No fee is charged for registering as an employer with the Fund.