Applications under the Programme should be made on a household basis. Applications from households of one person or more are accepted. For households with more than one person, each household should nominate one member as the Applicant for submitting an application. The Applicant must be a Hong Kong resident and has reached the age of 18 on the day the Application Form is submitted.
- A household generally refers to a unit with persons living on the same premises (located in Hong Kong) and having close economic ties (but excluding economic ties arising from employment relationship). This normally includes household members and persons who share or are obliged to share the provisions for a living. Household members must be Hong Kong residents. Persons who are temporarily away from the premises but would reasonably be expected to return would still be regarded as household members. However, for persons who are away from the premises and are reasonably expected not to return, they would not be regarded as household members.
- The Programme does not impose a requirement on the length of residence in Hong Kong. New arrivals may also apply for the Programme or be counted as household members.
- Hong Kong non-permanent residents who have been admitted to Hong Kong to work, study or receive training and their dependants, and individuals who have entered Hong Kong as visitors, are not eligible to apply for the Programme or be counted as household members.
The applying household must be an analogue TV household, i.e. using an analogue TV set at the Hong Kong residential address reported on the day the Application Form is submitted, and having no digital TV set or digital set-top box.
The applying household has never been granted assistance under the Programme.
The applying household must meet the specified income eligibility, i.e. either item (a) or (b) below –
The Applicant and/or his/her household member(s) living on the same premises is/are benefitting from one of the following specified social assistance programmes. If the Applicant and/or household member(s) living on the same premises is/are benefitting from more than one of the specified social assistance programmes, the Applicant is required to report one of them only –
- the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme; or
- the Old Age Living Allowance (only applicable to all-elderly households, i.e. households with all members aged 65 or above); or
- the Working Family Allowance Scheme (valid within 18 months from the issue date of the Working Family Allowance Scheme Notification of Application Result); or
- all means-tested student financial assistance schemes, including the Tertiary Student Finance Scheme - Publicly-funded Programmes, Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students, Tuition Fee Reimbursement for Diploma Yi Jin (100% or 50% reimbursement of tuition fees paid), Financial Assistance Scheme for Designated Evening Adult Education Courses (100% or 50% reimbursement of tuition fees paid), School Textbook Assistance Scheme, Student Travel Subsidy Scheme, Subsidy Scheme for Internet Access Charges, Examination Fee Remission Scheme, Kindergarten and Child Care Centre Fee Remission Scheme, and Grant for School-related Expenses for Kindergarten Students; or
- Medical Fee Waiver Mechanism of public hospitals and clinics; or
The average monthly household income in the past three months of the Applicant and his/her household member(s) living on the same premises does not exceed the income limit below –
Household Size Income Limit
(Hong Kong Dollar)
1 person $14,300 2 persons $21,800 3 persons $26,300 4 persons $32,400 5 persons $33,600 6 persons or above $34,900
The Applicant needs to report all income of the Applicant and his/her household member(s) living on the same premises, within and outside Hong Kong, in the past three months. Common examples are as follows –
|Items Counted as Income||Items not Counted as Income|
|• Wages (including holiday/leave pay), but mandatory contributions to the Mandatory Provident Fund/provident funds can be deducted
• Allowances (including travelling allowances, attendance allowances, commission and overtime allowances, etc.)
• Tips and service charges
• Profits from business for self-employed persons (operation expenses can be deducted)
• Fees for services provided by self-employed persons (operation expenses can be deducted)
• Monthly pension/widows and orphans compensation/relief payment
• Rental income from property or non-property (e.g. rental of taxis)
• Alimony received
• Periodical payments received by employees injured on duty (commonly known as “work injury payments”)
|• Year-end payment, year-end bonus, double pay
• Contributions from relatives or friends not living on the same premises (e.g. financial contributions from children not living with parents)
• Reimbursement from employers to defray expenses
• Wages/compensation in lieu of notice upon termination of employment
• Insurance, accident and injury indemnities
• Severance payment, long service payment, contract gratuity
• Lump sum retirement gratuity and provident funds
• Interest from deposits, dividends from stocks, and profits from investments/gambling
• Monthly payments of annuity from reverse mortgage
• Monthly payments of annuity from Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited Annuity Plan
• Financial assistance provided by the Government (e.g. Disability Allowance and Individual-based Work Incentive Transport Subsidy)
• Allowances/grants from the CCF or other non-governmental organisations