• Application for the Working Family Allowance (WFA) Scheme is on a household basis (including singleton households). Under the WFA Scheme, a household meeting the working hour requirements, income and asset limits may apply for a Basic Allowance, Medium Allowance or Higher Allowance. Each eligible child may also be eligible for a Child Allowance. Depending on the household income, the allowances may be granted at full rate, 3/4 rate or half rate.
  • The claim period of an application covers the past six calendar months. The allowance is calculated on a monthly basis – the applicant is granted the allowance for each month in which the eligibility criteria are met.
  • The applicant may report the working hours of more than one job in an application. The Scheme also allows all household members to aggregate their working hours.
  • Non-single-parent household with aggregated monthly working hours not less than 144 hours may apply for Basic Allowance; if the aggregated monthly working hours are not less than 168 hours, the household may apply for Medium Allowance; and if the aggregated monthly working hours are 192 hours or more, the household may apply for Higher Allowance.
  • Single-parent household with aggregated monthly working hours not less than 36 hours may apply for Basic Allowance; if the aggregated monthly working hours are not less than 54 hours, the household may apply for Medium Allowance; and if the aggregated monthly working hours are 72 hours or more, the household may apply for Higher Allowance. 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 eligible child in single-parent households and non-single-parent households may also receive Child Allowance under WFA. Eligible children must be aged below 15, or aged between 15 and 21 receiving full-time education (but not post-secondary education).