Eligibility Criteria

  • A household (including singleton household) meeting the working hour requirements, income and asset limits.
  • To qualify for a Child Allowance under the WFA Scheme, a household must have a child/children aged below 15, or aged between 15 and 21 receiving full-time education (but not post-secondary education).

Income and Asset Limits

Asset Limit

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  • Household assets include:
    • land;
    • landed properties (excluding self-occupied properties);
    • vehicles/vessels;
    • taxi/public light bus licences;
    • investments;
    • shares/business undertakings;
    • bank deposits; and
    • cash, etc.

Income Limits

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  • Monthly Household Income Upper Limits for Full-rate Allowances are set at 50% of the Median Monthly Domestic Household Income of economically active households. Monthly Household Income Upper Limits for 3/4-rate Allowances are set at a level exceeding 50% but not higher than 60% of the Median Monthly Domestic Household Income of economically active households. Monthly Household Income Upper Limits for Half-rate Allowances are set at a level exceeding 60% but not higher than 70% of the Median Monthly Domestic Household Income of economically active households.
  • Household income includes:
    • wages (excluding employees’ mandatory contribution to Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes);
    • fees received for services rendered;
    • profits from business;
    • rental income, etc.; and
    • the following assistance provided by the Government
      • allowances received by household members from the individual-based Work Incentive Transport Subsidy (WITS)
      • allowances received under the Pilot Scheme on Living Allowance for Carers of Elderly Persons from Low-income Families
      • allowances received under the Pilot Scheme on Living Allowance for Low-income Carers of Persons with Disabilities

    [Note: Starting from 1 April 2018, the Old Age Living Allowance is not taken into account under the income test.]

Working Hour Requirements

  • Working hours include:
    • Hours of paid work performed by the applicant and other working members of the household whose working hours are aggregated for the WFA application (employed or self-employed).
    • Hours derived from paid holidays and absence such as sick leave and maternity leave.

    The applicants of non-single-parent households and single-parent households* meeting the following total monthly working hour requirements can apply for the following allowance:

    Total Monthly Working Hours (Hours) Monthly Allowance for Each Household
    144 to less than 168
    (non-single-parent households)
    36 to less than 54
    (single-parent households)
    Full-rate Basic Allowance: $800
    3/4-rate Basic Allowance: $600
    Half-rate Basic Allowance: $400
    168 to less than 192
    (non-single-parent households)
    54 to less than 72
    (single-parent households)
    Full-rate Medium Allowance: $1,000
    3/4-rate Medium Allowance: $750
    Half-rate Medium Allowance: $500
    192 or more
    (non-single-parent households)
    72 or more
    (single-parent households)
    Full-rate Higher Allowance: $1,200
    3/4-rate Higher Allowance: $900
    Half-rate Higher Allowance: $600

    *For single-parent household applications, an applicant who is a working, single parent has to live with at least one child aged below 15.

  • Each member in an eligible household must be living in Hong Kong. A household generally refers to a unit with persons having close economic ties and living on the same premises.