Code on Access to Information

The Government exists to serve the community well within available resources. To this end, it recognises the need for the community to be well informed about the Government, the services it provides and the basis for policies and decisions that affect individuals and the community as a whole.

The Code on Access to Information (the Code) defines the scope of information that will be provided, sets out how the information will be made available either routinely or in response to a request, and lays down procedures governing its prompt release. The Code can be accessed at

The Code authorises and requires civil servants, routinely or on request, to provide information unless there are specific reasons for not doing so. These reasons are set out in Part 2 and will normally be referred to if a request for information is refused.

Requests for information will be handled as promptly and helpfully as possible and if necessary, members of the public may be approached to clarify their requests or the requests may be directed to the most appropriate department. Procedures will be kept as simple as possible.

The Code also sets out procedures for review or complaint if a member of the public considers that the provisions of the Code have not been properly applied.

This Department has designated Departmental Secretary as the Access to Information who is responsible for ensuring that requests for access to information under the Code are properly dealt with in accordance with the specified procedures.

Requests for information or records held by this Department may be made by letter or application form. The application form can be downloaded here or obtained from the Public Enquiry Centres of all District Offices.

The completed application form should be sent to:

By Post
Access to Information Officer
Invest Hong Kong 25/F,
Fairmont House,
8 Cotton Tree Drive,
Central, Hong Kong

By Fax
No.: 3107 9140

By email
With completed application form as attachment to:

Other than publications which are available free of charge, or at the cost specified, a fee of HK$1.00 per photocopy* will be levied on documents provided in black and white on A3 or A4 size paper with or without enlarging.

For enquiries, please call 3107 1000 during office hours.

*Fee charge is subject to revision from time to time.


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