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Amount of Allowances for Working Family Allowance (WFA)

  • Type of Allowances:
    (1) Basic Allowance (granted on a household basis);
    (2) Medium Allowance (granted on a household basis);
    (3) Higher Allowance (granted on a household basis); and
    (4) Child Allowance (granted to each eligible child (Note 1) in a household and cannot be applied separately) (Note 1: Eligible child refers to a household member aged below 15 or aged between 15 and 21 receiving full-time non-post-secondary education.)
     
  • Depending on household income, the amount of allowances may be granted at (a) full rate; (b) 3/4 rate or (c) half rate as follows:  

(a) Full-rate Allowances (including Full-rate Basic Allowance, Full-rate Medium Allowance, Full-rate Higher Allowance and Full-rate Child Allowance)

Number of Household Members

Monthly household Income Limits (Note 2) (HKD)


Total Monthly Working Hours

April 2019 to
March 2020
(Note 5)

144 - < 168 Hours
(Single parent:
36 - < 54 Hours)

168 - < 192 Hours
(Single parent:
54 - < 72 Hours)

≥ 192 Hours (Single parent:
≥ 72 Hours)

1

≤$9,600

Each household per month (Full-rate Basic Allowance): $800

Each child per month (Full-rate Child Allowance): $1000

Each household per month (Full-rate Medium Allowance): $1000

Each child per month (Full-rate Child Allowance): $1000

Each household per month (Full-rate Higher Allowance): $1,200

Each child per month (Full-rate Child Allowance): $1000

2

≤$14,500

3

≤$17,500

4

≤$21,600

5

≤$22,400

≥ 6

≤$23,300


(b) 3/4-rate Allowances (Including 3/4-rate Basic Allowance, 3/4-rate Medium Allowance, 3/4-rate Higher Allowance and 3/4-rate Child Allowance)

Number of Household Members

Monthly household Income Limits (Note 3)
(HKD)


Total Monthly Working Hours

April 2019 to March 2020
(Note 5)

144 - < 168 Hours
(Single parent:
54 - < 72 Hours)

168 - < 192 Hours
(Single parent:
54 - < 72 Hours)

≥ 192 Hours
(Single parent:
≥ 72 Hours)

1

>$9,600 - $11,500

Each household per month (3/4-rate Basic Allowance): $600

Each child per month (3/4-rate  Child Allowance): $750

Each household per month (3/4-rate Medium Allowance): $750

Each child per month (3/4-rate  Child Allowance): $750

Each household per month
(3/4-rate Higher Allowance): $900

Each child per month (3/4-rate  Child Allowance): $750

2

>$14,500 - $17,400

3

>$17,500 - $21,000

4

>$21,600 - $25,900

5

>$22,400 - $26,900

≥ 6

>$23,300 - $27,900


(c) Half-rate Allowances (Including Half-rate Basic Allowance, Half-rate Medium Allowance, Half-rate Higher Allowance and Half-rate Child Allowance)

Number of Household Members

Monthly household Income Limits (Note 4)
(HKD)


Total Monthly Working Hours

April 2019 to March 2020
(Note 5)

144 - < 168 Hours
(Single parent: 
54 - < 72 Hours)

168 - < 192 Hours
(Single parent: 
54 - < 72 Hours)

≥ 192 Hours
(Single parent:
≥ 72 Hours)

1

>$11,500 - $13,400

Each household per month (Half-rate Basic Allowance): $400

Each child per month (Half-rate Child Allowance): $500

Each household per month (Half-rate Medium Allowance): $500

Each child per month (Half-rate  Child Allowance): $500

Each household
per month (Half-rate Higher Allowance): $600

Each child per month (Half-rate  Child Allowance): $500

2

>$17,400 - $20,300

3

>$21,000 - $24,500

4

>$25,900 - $30,300

5

>$26,900 - $31,400

≥ 6

>$27,900 - $32,600


Note 2: The monthly household income does not exceed 50% of the Median Monthly Domestic Household Income (MMDHI) of economically active households.
Note 3: The monthly household income exceeds 50% of the MMDHI but not higher than 60% of the MMDHI of economically active households.
Note 4: The monthly household income exceeds 60% of the MMDHI but not higher than 70% of the MMDHI of economically active households.
Note 5: The income and asset limits of WFA will be adjusted on 1 April every year.

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Last update: 30 Sep 2019
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