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.

Latest Arrangement

The Government has announced that the income and asset limits of the individual-based WITS Scheme will be raised starting from the claim month of February 2019. The new limits are applicable to applications for subsidy for that month onwards.

Starting from April 1, the Working Family Allowance Office (WFAO) of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency will take up the processing of individual-based WITS applications from the Labour Department (LD). LD will issue letters to current recipients of the individual-based WITS on the detailed arrangements. Of note, the application claim period will be revised from the "past six to 12 calendar months" now to the "immediate past six calendar months" before the submission of an application. WFAO will put in place transitional arrangements to assist applicants in lodging their applications.

Before April 1, enquiries about the WITS Scheme can be made at its 24-hour hotline 2717 1771 (handled by “1823”) or enquiry counters of LD's WITS Division at Unit 1225, 12/F, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay.

For the details of individual-based WITS applications from April 1 and transitional arrangements, please call WFAO's 24-hour hotline 2558 3000, or approach enquiry counters on 9/F, 181 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong. Further details will also be uploaded onto the new website of the WITS Scheme 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

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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.

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

Additional Information for Guidance Notes on Applications under the WITS Scheme

Template of Application Form of the WITS Scheme

Press Releases on the WITS Scheme