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 included in the 2017-18 Budget an initiative that “eligible recipients” of the Work Incentive Transport Subsidy (WITS) be provided with a one-off extra payment. The Appropriation Bill 2017 was passed on 18 May 2017 and the Labour Department (LD) is effecting payment to “eligible recipients”.

Under the WITS Scheme, “eligible recipients” refer to those whose applications for WITS were made in the Applicable Period (from 1 November 2016 to 18 May 2017, i.e. the beginning of six calendar months immediately before the month in which the Appropriation Bill 2017 was passed to the date of passage of the Appropriation Bill 2017). The date of the post-stamp will be adopted as the date of the WITS application if it is sent by post. The extra payment is equal to the average monthly amount payable to the “eligible recipients” in their most recently approved WITS applications, which varies from case to case.

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 LD at Unit 1225, 12/F, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay.

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



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.


  • 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

Radio Announcement on the WITS Scheme

Press Releases on the WITS Scheme