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 Government has announced in the 2018-19 Budget an initiative to provide a one-off extra allowance to recipients of WITS. Under the proposal, recipients of WITS whose applications have been made in the Applicable Period (i.e. from the first day of the month in which the Appropriation Bill 2018 (Appropriation Bill) is passed to the date of passage of the Appropriation Bill; and the six calendar months before that month) and eventually approved would be eligible for the one-off extra allowance. The extra allowance is equal to two times the average monthly amount payable to the recipients in their most recently approved WITS applications. Besides, if recipients of WITS meet the relevant eligibility criteria for the Caring and Sharing Scheme, they may make an application under that Scheme.

The Government reminds new applicants or past recipients of WITS to submit their WITS applications before the expiry of the Applicable Period in order to be eligible for the extra allowance. Under the WITS Scheme, applicants may choose to submit applications covering the preceding six to 12 calendar months. Irrespective of the number of calendar months covered in past WITS application(s), an applicant may choose to submit an application within the Applicable Period to cover fewer calendar months when compared to the past application(s). Household-based applicants can apply for WITS up to the claim month of March 2018 only (details at the below section).

For enquiries, please call the 24-hour hotline 2717 1771 (handled by 1823) of the WITS Scheme or make use of the counter enquiry service of the WITS Division of the Labour Department at Unit 1225, 12/F, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay.

Latest Arrangement

Upon the implementation of the Working Family Allowance (WFA) Scheme (previously called the Low-income Working Family Allowance Scheme) on 1 April 2018, the household-based WITS was abolished on the same date. As such, from the claim month of April 2018 onwards, the WITS Scheme only accepts individual-based applications. Eligible applicants may choose to apply for WFA and/or the individual-based WITS. Household-based applicants can apply for WITS up to the claim month of March 2018 only 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 Government will announce the details later.

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.
  • 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; and
    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 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 July 2017 should be submitted on or before 31 July 2018, and so on. Overdue claim months will not be granted subsidy.

Application Documents

Individual-based applicants should submit Individual Application Form. Household-based applicants who apply for WITS up to the claim month of March 2018 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