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Eligibility Criteria for Working Family Allowance (WFA) 

1. On a household basis, including singleton households.

2. The total working hours of non-single-parent households and single-parent households1 must meet the working hour requirements (See the table below):

Total Monthly Working Hours (Hours)

Monthly Allowances for Each Household2 

144 to less than 168
(non-single-parent households)

36 to less than 54 
(single-parent households)

Full-rate Basic Allowance: $1,000 ($800)
3/4-rate Basic Allowance: $750 ($600)
Half-rate Basic Allowance: $500 ($400)

168 to less than 192
(non-single-parent households)

54 to less than 72 
(single-parent households)

Full-rate Medium Allowance: $1,200 ($1,000)
3/4-rate Medium Allowance: $900 ($750)
Half-rate Medium Allowance: $600 ($500)

192 or more
(non-single-parent households)

72 or more 
(single-parent households)

Full-rate Higher Allowance: $1,400 ($1,200)
3/4-rate Higher Allowance: $1,050 ($900)
Half-rate Higher Allowance: $700 ($600)

(Note: Applicant and his/her household member(s) may report the working hours of more than one paid job within the same month. WFA Scheme also allows household members to aggregate their working hours.)

A working single parent applicant (including a guardian) has to live with at least one child aged below 15.
Payment rates within the brackets apply to claim months of June 2020 or before under the WFA Scheme.

3. A WFA household must meet the income and asset limits (please press here).  

4. The applicant and his/her household members must be Hong Kong residents and living in Hong Kong.  

5. Points to Note:

  • The following cannot be received concurrently with WFA in the same month:
    (a) Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA)
    (b) Individual-based Work Incentive Transport Subsidy (WITS)(applicable to the WFA-applicant and other household members whose working hours have been aggregated to apply for WFA )
    [Notes: 1. Household members whose working hours have not been aggregated to apply for WFA may apply for individual-based WITS. 
    2. Household-based WITS is abolished on 1 April 2018.  If a household applying for WFA has received household-based WITS for individual claim months before April 2018, the household cannot receive WFA concurrently for the relevant months.]
  • The WFA Scheme does not impose a requirement on the length of residence in Hong Kong.  New arrivals may also apply for WFA or be counted as household member(s).  Hong Kong non-permanent residents who have been admitted to Hong Kong to work, study or receive training and their dependents, and individuals who have entered Hong Kong as visitors, are not eligible to apply for WFA or be counted as household members. 


Last update: 3 Jul 2020
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