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FAQs on Expansion of HRDF Act 2001

FAQs on Expansion of HRDF Act 2001

How do I check my eligibility as an employer to register with HRDF?

  • Employers can submit online Form 1 via HRDF portal at
  • Register Here > Employer > Liable (Form 1)

When is the effective date of the expansion Act?

  • The Expansion of the Act will come into effect in March 2021.


Is mandatory for eligible employer to register with HRDF?

  • Section 13(1) of the PSMB Act 2001 stipulates that every employer who is covered under the Act is required to register with HRDF within such time and manner as may be prescribed.
  • Regulation 4(1) of Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (Registration of Employers and Payment of Levy (Amendment) Regulation states that an employer to whom the Act applies on the date of coming into operation of these regulations shall submit Form 1 of the Schedule to HRDF not later than 30 days.


Can I just call or email to HRDF to confirm my eligibility?

  • HRDF cannot confirm on your eligibility via phone call or email.
  • Require supporting documents such as Form 9 / Section 17 or Section 14 / latest EPF statement / company profile / audited annual report to verify the registration eligibility.
  • Confirmation will be made upon completion of registration process


Is the Company’s Director considered an employee?

  • If the company’s director is paid by the company for monthly salary, then he/she is considered as an employee and must be counted in the levy payment
  • Whereas, a director who only receives director fees is not considered as an employee and shall be excluded from the levy payment.


Do the employer with lesser than 10 employees are required to submit Form 1 ?

  • Yes.
  • Employers are still required to submit the form with the relevant supporting documents to justify the current number of manpower


If I fill-in and submit Form 1, will I be registered automatically?

  • Only liable employers will be registered
  • If the employers’ sector is not covered under the Act or they are not liable, then the application of Form 1 will be automatically rejected. the employer will receive a rejection letter.


How to check my application status?

  • Approved / successfully registered employers will receive an email notification on the approval together with:
    •   Free On-Boarding Session.
    •   User ID and Password to access HRDF System (e-TRiS)
  • On-Boarding Programme is a customized training to give an overview and understanding for newly HRDF registered employers on how to use the system for grant application, levy payment, claim submission and updating employer’s information.


What is the duration of registration process?

  • Complete application will be processed within two (2) working days.


What happen if employer fail to make payment ?

Section 13(1) of the PSMB Act Failure in making the levy payment before the stipulated timeline (by every 15th of the month) will result in:

  • Fine not exceeding RM20,000 (Ringgit Malaysia) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two (2) years or both (on conviction).
  • Yearly interest of 10% (per cent) in respect of each day of default / delay in payment.


To whom should I refer for the re-submission of document / to answer query from HRDF

  • Processing officer shall be in contact with you via email for any query
  • You may drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


How do I obtain more information and / or clarification on the expansion of HRDF Act 2001 ?

  • The relevant information about the expansion of the Act can be retrieved from HRDF’s official website: 
  • You may contact HRDF’s toll-free Call Centre at 1800 88 4800.


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