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About this Site

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The Hong Kong Supplementary Character Set (HKSCS) contains Chinese characters that are specific to the Hong Kong environment and are used by the public and the Government of the HKSAR in electronic communications. By using the HKSCS, the public and the Government of the HKSAR share a common set of characters to make electronic communications more effective and accurate. To view and input Chinese characters in HKSCS, you may need to install additional software. Please visit here for detailed information.

Overseas Internet users should note that the telephone numbers and facsimile lines of Hong Kong are preceded by the area code "852" and "$" in documents, unless specified, refers to Hong Kong dollars which is US$1=HK$7.80.

Copyright Notice

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Visitors are permitted to copy the text on this site for personal reference in any form or media free of charge, subject to the following conditions:

  1. the copy or copies made must not be for re-sale or commercial purpose;
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Please note that the above permission only applies to the Government of the HKSAR copyright materials. Where third party copyright is involved in contents found on this site, prior authorisation or permission to reproduce or use of such contents in any form must be obtained from the copyright owners concerned.


The Government of the HKSAR uses online software to convert the Traditional Chinese version of its pages on this website into Simplified Chinese version. If there is any inconsistency or ambiguity between these two versions, the Traditional Chinese version shall prevail.

The Government of the HKSAR will not accept any responsibility whatsoever for any loss, destruction or damage however arising from or in respect of any use or misuse of or reliance on the English version, the Traditional Chinese version or the converted Simplified Chinese version delivered on this website.

This website is produced and maintained by the Labour Department ("the Department"). The Department reserves the right to add, delete, suspend or edit the material or alter the presentation and functionality of its pages at its absolute discretion without giving any reason and prior notice.

This website includes hyperlinks to other websites for easy reference of users. The Government of the HKSAR expressly states that it has not approved nor endorsed the information contained in or other information in connection with these sites.

Whilst the Government of the HKSAR endeavours to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website, information provided on this website is for reference only. The Government of the HKSAR does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from any cause whatsoever in connection with this website. Users are responsible for making their own assessments of all information contained in or in connection with this website and are advised to verify such information or seek independent advice before acting on it.

Security Statement

The Government of the HKSAR shall not be responsible in any manner for direct, indirect, special or consequential losses or damages howsoever arising out of the use of this website. The Government of the HKSAR does not guarantee that any messages sent over the Internet will be completely secure. The Government of the HKSAR does not accept any responsibility for any damages incurred by you if you send a message to us, or if the Government of the HKSAR sends a message to you at your request, over the Internet. Communications over the Internet may be subject to interruption, delayed transmission due to Internet traffic or incorrect data transmission due to the public nature of the Internet or otherwise.

Privacy Policy Statement

We pledge to meet fully, and where possible exceed, internationally recognised standards of personal data privacy protection, in complying with the requirements of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. In doing so, we will ensure compliance by our staff with the strictest standards of security and confidentiality.

Data Collection & Use

We collect personal data from our site visitors on a voluntary basis. Personal information may include user name, e-mail address, etc. The information is used only by us for the purposes stated in the respective screens which we invite you to provide your data. We do not use your personal data for any other purposes without your prior consent unless such use is permitted or required by law.

When you look at this web site, we make a record of your visit. This shows your Domain Name Server address and the pages you have visited. Only aggregate information about the number and types of visitors will be compiled. This information will be used by us only for preparing statistics.

Use of cookies

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Our general policy is to disclose no personal identifiable information to third parties except under the consent of the individual concerned or required by law.


All personal data you provide to us is secured on our web site with restricted access by authorized personnel only. This website uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol to encrypt data during network transmission to protect your personal data.