Work Incentive Transport Subsidy Scheme

The Work Incentive Transport Subsidy (WITS) Scheme helps low-income earners reduce their cost of travelling to and from work and encourages them to secure or stay in employment.

Note : The Chief Executive’s 2017 Policy Address (PA) announced a series of enhancements to the Low-income Working Family Allowance Scheme (to be renamed as the Working Family Allowance (WFA) Scheme with effect from 1 April 2018). Please visit their website lifa.gov.hk for details. Upon the implementation of enhancements on 1 April 2018, it is expected that the WFA Scheme will basically cover the applicants of the household-based WITS. As such, the household-based WITS will be abolished at the same time when the enhancements are implemented. Henceforth, eligible applicants may apply for WFA and/or the individual-based WITS. From the claim month of April 2018 onwards, the WITS Scheme will only accept individual-based applications. Household-based applicants can still apply for WITS up to the claim month of March 2018 and such applications can be submitted in April 2018 at the earliest.

Furthermore, upon completion of upgrading its information technology systems, the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency will take up the processing of individual-based WITS applications currently performed by the Labour Department (expected to be on 1 April 2019 at the earliest) to bring about more efficient and convenient service provision to applicants. The way forward for the individual-based WITS will be considered having regard to the changes in the number of applications following the implementation of the WFA Scheme, as well as the proposed non-means-tested Public Transport Fare Subsidy Scheme announced in the PA.

Having regard to the above-mentioned way forward for the WITS Scheme and after consultation with the Legislative Council, the Government has announced the freezing of all the income and asset limits of the WITS Scheme in the annual adjustment exercise for 2018. The current income and asset limits of the WITS Scheme will be maintained from the claim month of February 2018 onwards (please refer to Appendix).

How to Apply

  • Applicants may apply for WITS for the previous 6 to 12 months in each application. WITS is granted according to the calendar month and applicants will receive the subsidy for each eligible month.
  • Applicants can choose between individual-based or household-based application upon first application or re-application every 6 to 12 months. Applicants of the same household can opt for:
    1. each applicant to be assessed individually; or
    2. all applicants and household members to be assessed together as a household.
  • For the convenience of applicants, applications can be submitted by post and WITS is paid through bank transfer.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must meet the following criteria:
    1. being employed or self-employed, and lawfully employable in Hong Kong;
    2. incurring travelling expenses in commuting to and from work;
    3. meeting the monthly income and asset limits (please refer to Appendix); and
    4. working no less than 72 hours per month (if applying for full-rate subsidy of $600 per month) or working less than 72 hours but at least 36 hours per month (if applying for half-rate subsidy of $300 per month).
  • Applicants will not concurrently receive other similar employment-related transport subsidies provided by the Government including:
    1. Temporary Financial Aid for travelling expenses to and from work under the employment assistance projects and special grants covering travelling expenses to and from work for the elderly, persons in ill-health and those disabled provided under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme;
    2. Temporary Financial Aid for travelling expenses to and from work under the case management and employment support services of Labour Department Employment in One-stop.
  • Full-time students and trainees not in employment are not eligible for WITS.
  • For arrangements related to the Low-income Working Family Allowance, please refer to the Additional Information for Guidance Notes on Applications under the Work Incentive Transport Subsidy Scheme.

Deadline for Application

The maximum claim period is the preceding 12 months. For example, application for subsidy starting from May 2016 should be submitted on or before 31 May 2017; that for subsidy starting from June 2016 should be submitted by 30 June 2017, and so on. Overdue claim months will not be granted subsidy.

Application Documents

Individual-based applicants should submit Individual Application Form. Household-based applicants should submit one Household Application Form for each household.

Distribution Points of Application Documents

Submission of Application

Addresses and Service Hours of the Labour Department’s WITS Division and Headquarters

Office

Address

Service Hours

WITS Division

Unit 1225, 12/F, Kowloonbay International Trade and Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay (free shuttle bus stop is located outside Hang Seng Tower in Telford Plaza 2, via Exit A of MTR Kowloon Bay Station)

Monday to Friday
(9:00a.m. – 6:15p.m.)

Closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays

Labour Department’s Headquarters
(with Application Drop-in Box)

17/F, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong

# 1.

For submission of application by post, please affix sufficient postage and provide return address on the back of the envelope. Insufficient postage will lead to non-delivery of application to the Labour Department.

  2. The Hongkong Post provides mail redirection service for letters sent to the old address at Tsim Sha Tsui.

Enquiries

  • 24-hour Enquiry Hotline: 2717 1771 (handled by “1823”)
  • WITS Division of the Labour Department
    (enquiry service and form-filling support service are provided)

Frequently Asked Questions

Leaflets of the WITS Scheme

Template of Application Form of the WITS Scheme

Press Releases on the WITS Scheme