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: Starting from 22 April 2014 (Tuesday), the WITS Division of the Labour Department at Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui has been relocated to the following address:

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)

For details, please refer to the Removal Notice.

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;
    3. On-the-job Transport Allowance under the Transport Support Scheme.
  • Full-time students and trainees not in employment are not eligible for WITS.

Deadline for Application

The maximum claim period is the preceding 12 months. For example, application for subsidy starting from June 2013 should be submitted on or before 30 June 2014; that for subsidy starting from July 2013 should be submitted by 31 July 2014, 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

  • By post or by hand to the WITS Division of the Labour Department (please refer to the Removal Notice); or
  • Through the Application Drop-in Boxes at the Job Centres or Headquarters of the Labour Department.

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

24-hour Enquiry Hotline : 2717 1771 (handled by “1823”)

Frequently Asked Questions

Leaflets of the WITS Scheme

TV and Radio Announcements on the WITS Scheme

Recent Press Releases