This chapter will explain your entitlement to child benefit If you have been permanently residing in Croatia for at least 3 years, or have had the status of a foreigner with an approved permanent residence permit for at least 3 years, or asylum grantee status or a person under subsidiary protection without conditions in terms of citizenship or length of residence, and your household income is below a certain threshold, you are entitled to child benefit.
In what situation can I claim?
You can claim child benefit (doplatak za dijete) if your total income, earned in the previous calendar year, does not exceed 70% of the calculation base (income threshold - see Jargon busters). In other words, if the average income per member of your household does not exceed HRK 2,328.20 (EUR310) a month.
If you claim child benefit for three or more children, you are also entitled to birth grant, but on condition that your income is not greater than the income threshold.
Child benefit can be claimed by a parent, adoptive parent, caregiver, stepfather, stepmother, grandmother, grandfather and foster parent. The claimant may be a grown child without both parents who is in full-time education.
Child benefit, as a rule, is paid for children aged up to 15 years or 19 years old. It may be prolonged to 21 years for a child who did not finish school in the usual period of time due to illness.
For severely disabled children up to the age of 18 or while a full time student, child benefit is paid while such disability exists.
What conditions do I need to meet?
You can claim child benefit if you are a parent (married, unmarried), adoptive parent, caregiver, stepfather, stepmother, grandmother, grandfather, foster parent or grown child without both parents in full-time education. You must have been permanently resident in Croatia for at least 3 years prior to claiming.
Your total income earned in the previous calendar year may not exceed 70% of the calculation base, i.e. HRK 2,328.20 (EUR310) in 2019.
You are entitled if you live in a shared household with a child who is under 15 years of age, or 19 years of age for a child in secondary school. If the child is of poor health, you are entitled to child benefit until their 21st birthday at most.
If the child cannot regularly attend class due to illness, you are still entitled when the child is prevented from going to school.
What am I entitled to and how can I claim?
The child benefit rate is set according to the total earned income of each member of the family monthly. Based on the monthly income per family member, there are three thresholds according to which the amount of child benefit is determined.
For a child with one parent, the amount is increased by 15%. For a child without both parents and children with impaired health, the amount is increased by 25%.
For a child with severely impaired health, child benefit is paid regardless of family income. It is set at 25% of the calculation base.
In addition to the set amount of child benefit, the person claiming can also obtain a birth grant for the third and every subsequent child for whom child benefit is paid.
Child benefit rates in 2019:
Monthly income per household member
Child benefit rate
up to HRK 543.14 (EUR 72)
HRK 299.34 (EUR 40.00)
from HRK 543.14 (EUR 72) to HRK 1,119.53 (EUR 149.00)
HRK 249.45 (EUR 33.00)
from HRK 1,119.53 (EUR 149.00) to HRK 2.328,20 (EUR 310)
HRK 199.56 (EUR 27.00)
- Where child benefit is increased by 15%, it stands at HRK 344.24 (EUR 46.00), HRK 286.87 (EUR 38.00) or HRK 229.49 (EUR 31.00);
- Where child benefit is increased by 25%, it stands at HRK 374.18 (EUR 50.00), HRK 311.81 (EUR 42.00) or HRK 249.45 (EUR 33.00);
- Child benefit is HRK 831.50 (EUR 111.00) for children with severe health impairments;
- Birth grant for the 3rd child is HRK 500.00 (EUR 67.00) or HRK 1,000.00 (EUR 133.00) for the 4th and every subsequent child for whom child benefit is claimed.
You can claim child benefit by submitting an application to your local office of the Croatian Pension Insurance Institute (HZMO).
- Permanent residence is the place and address in Croatia at which a person has permanently settled for the purpose of exercising their rights and obligations associated with their life interests, such as family, professional, economic, social, cultural and other interests. Habitual residence is the term applying to people who are using the right of freedom of movement of workers in EU countries. It conveys permanence - you have been living in an EU country for some time and intend to stay there for the foreseeable future.
- Calculation base is the base for calculating support, benefits and severance pay, and in 2018 stood at HRK 3,326.00 (EUR 443.00).
- Income threshold - the maximum amount of income per household member on the basis of which certain entitlements are received; set at 70% of the calculation base and currently standing at HRK 2.328,20 (EUR 221.00).
Forms you may need to fill in
Know your rights
You can find out about your legal rights at the links below. They are not European Commission websites and do not represent the views of the Commission:
Commission publications and websites:
Who do you need to contact?
Croatian Pension Insurance Institute
A. Žaje 44
Tel. +385 14595500, +385 800 636363
Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy
Trg NevenkeTopalusic 1
Tel. +385 15557111