The Home Affairs Bureau is responsible for formulating gambling
policy and monitoring its implementation. Hitherto, the gambling
policy is to restrict gambling opportunities to a limited
number of authorized and regulated outlets. At present, such
authorized gambling outlets include horse racing organized
by the Hong Kong Jockey Club , the Mark Six Lottery, authorized
football betting and gaming activities authorized by the public officer appointed by the Secretary for Home Affairs under the Gambling Ordinance (Cap. 148) (e.g. mahjong parlours).
The rationale behind this policy is two-fold. First, while
we recognize that there is always a demand for gambling, the
conduct of gambling activities should be authorized and regulated.
This is because unregulated gambling activities can lead to
a number of social problems - frauds, underage gambling, loan
sharking, etc. - and become a potential source of income for
triad and criminal activities. Second, since it is impossible
to reconcile the different views in the community on the extent
to which authorized gambling outlets should be allowed to
exist, a compromise approach is to allow only a limited number
of authorized gambling outlets, the purpose of which is to
satisfy substantial and persistent public demand for gambling
which would otherwise turn to illegal operators.
Under the Gambling Ordinance (Cap. 148), all gambling activities
are illegal except those expressly authorized by the Government
under the Betting Duty Ordinance (Cap. 108) (i.e. authorized
horse racing, authorized football betting and the Mark Six
Lottery), those licensed by the public officers appointed by the Secretary for Home Affairs (e.g. mahjong parlours)
and those exempted under Section 3 of the Gambling Ordinance
(mainly social gambling).
Betting and Lotteries Commission
With effect from 15 August 2006, the name of the Football
Betting and Lotteries Commission was changed to the Betting
and Lotteries Commission, and the functions of the Commission
expanded to include advising the Secretary for Home Affairs
on the regulation of the conduct of betting on horse racing
as well as compliance with licensing conditions by the licensee.
Details of the terms of reference and membership of the Commission
are as follows :
Terms of reference
To advise the Secretary for Home Affairs on the following
- regulation of the conduct of horse race betting, football
betting and lotteries in accordance with the provisions
of the Betting Duty Ordinance and the licensing conditions;
- compliance with the licensing conditions by the licensees;
- handling of public complaints relating to the compliance
of the licensing conditions by the licensees;
- imposition of financial penalties on the licensees; and
- issuance and revocation of horse race betting, football
betting and lottery licences; and variation of the conditions
of such licences.
Mr FONG Man-hung, David, B.B.S, J.P.
Ms CHIU Wing-kwan, Winnie
Mr FOK Kai-kong, Kenneth
Rev HO Chi-dik
Ms HO Yee-lin, Elaine
Ms LU Hai, M.H., J.P.
Mrs MA LI Mun-wai, Julie
Ms MAN Yee-wai, Viola, B.B.S.
Dr NG Chui-yiu, Jennifer
Mr WONG Chor-fung, David
Ms YAU Sau-wai, Sania
Commissioner of Police or his representative
Permanent Secretary for Education or his representative
Director of Home Affairs or her representative
Meeting of the Commission
Complaints and comments
If you have any complaints and comments regarding the regulation
of authorized betting and lotteries, please contact us through
the following channels:
||Fax: 2591 6002
||Mail: Civic Affairs Division (3), Home Affairs Bureau, 13/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong.
||Telephone: 2591 6690
The Ping Wo Fund
The Government established The Ping Wo Fund in September
2003 to finance preventive and remedial measures to address
the gambling-related problems. Starting from 2008 onwards,
the Hong Kong Jockey Club has undertaken to contribute $15
million each year in the coming five years. The Fund also
welcomes donations from the public. For cheque and cash donations:
- Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd (HSBC) account
number “502-407851-001”. Cheques should be made payable to
“The Secretary for Home Affairs Incorporated – The Ping Wo
Fund”. For more details of the Fund and the programme schedules, please visit http://www.donotgamble.org.hk.
The major ambits of The Ping Wo Fund are to finance the following
- research and studies into problems and issues relating
- public education and other measures to prevent or alleviate
problems relating to gambling;
- counselling, treatment and other remedial or support services
for problem and pathological gamblers and those affected by
A Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee has been established to
give advice on the use and application of the Fund. The membership
of the Committee is as follows:
Mr YIP Chun-to, Adrian, B.B.S., M.H., J.P.
Representative of Secretary for Home Affairs
Representative of Secretary for Education
Representative of Director of Social Welfare
Mr CHAN Ho-ting, Mac
Mr CHAN Kit-chu, Anthony, PMSM
Ms CHE Huey-sze, Denise
Ms CHENG Michelle
Ms CHENG Ming-fung, Jacqueline
Mr CHENG Richard
Dr LEE Wing-king
Mr LING Ho-wan, Howard
Mrs MA LI Mun-wai, Julie
Mr TANG Chun-keung, Teddy, M.H., J.P.
Ms WU Shuk-yin
Mr YEUNG Chee Tat, Stanley, J.P.
Meeting of the Advisory Committee
Preventive and remedial measures to address gambling-related problems
We are implementing various preventive and remedial measures in addressing gambling-related problems which are financed by the Ping Wo Fund. The major details are set out as follows:
Research and studies on gambling-related issues and problems
We have commissioned academic institutes to conduct research and studies on gambling-related issues, which mainly include tracking surveys on the impact of gambling participation, and prevalence of problem and pathological gambling in Hong Kong (for full report, press here ).
Public education and other measures to prevent or alleviate
problems relating to gambling
Since 2003, we have commissioned various non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) to launch education programmes which
target the young people, school students, teachers, parents
and district personnels on gambling-related problems. The
theme of these programmes was commonly known as "Say No to
Gambling 屹立不賭", with the primary objective of enhancing understanding
of the causes and problems of gambling on the one hand, and
strengthening individuals' (particularly young people's) ability
to exercise self-control against the temptation of gambling
on the other hand.
To effectively spread the message of "Say No to Gambling"
to all levels of the community, we have produced various television
and radio announcements of public interests (APIs). By showing
the audience the adverse impact that could be caused by gambling
on one's health, family, social status and finance, the slogans
in the APIs : "Don't Gamble your Life Away 沉迷賭 博，累己累人", and
"Don't Gamble to Excess 沉迷賭博，賭錢落海" have become widely known
to the community.
In 2004 and 2006, the Ping Wo Fund sponsored the production
of docu-drama to disseminate the message of "Say No to Gambling".
A series of 16 episodes building on real-life experiences
were broadcast to promulgate the psychological and financial
damages that could be caused by problem and pathological gambling
to the gamblers from different walks of life.
This year, to raise the awareness on gambling-related problems among the general public, especially the youth, the Ping Wo Fund has commissioned Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) to produce a new series of TV docu-drama to educate the general public on the negative consequences of excessive gambling. The TV docu-drama consists of two phrases. The first phrase (Lose and Win 賭海迷途) has been broadcast in the first quarter of this year. (For programme archive, please click here.)
The second phrase ( Lose and Win Plus 賭海論迷途) will be broadcast on RTHK 31 Channel every Wednesday (8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.) during the period from 8 July to 5 August 2015. (For programme archive, please click here.)
We will, from time to time, consider commissioning new public
education programmes, so as to continuously counter the negative
impact of gambling on the society.
Over the years, education campaigns by HAB as mentioned above
have repeatedly emphasized on the adverse impact of excessive
or illegal gambling on the community, especially on the young
people. It is stipulated in the law that it’s illegal for
gambling operators to accept bets or allow the participation
in gambling activities by young people below the age of 18.
Starting from 2003, we have also commissioned various NGOs
to launch education campaigns targeted at school students.
Upon the commencement of the new English Premier League season
in August 2007, we launched a territory-wide campaign with
the specific theme of "睇波‧不賭波，健康‧齊踢波" which aimed at educating
the public, especially the school children and young people
that soccer should be played as a healthy sports instead of
abused as a gambling tool. The campaign has successfully reached
out to all primary and secondary schools, parents' associations
and district communities. For details of the campaign, please
We will continue to cooperate with relevant government departments,
including the Education Bureau, the Police and the Social
Welfare Department and the NGOs, particularly the youth organizations,
in launching further education campaigns to remind the young
people not to engage in underage or illegal gambling.
Counselling and treatment as well as other remedial services for problem and pathological gamblers
Four dedicated counselling and treatment centres for problem and pathological gamblers financed by The Ping Wo Fund are being operated by
the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals,
Zion Social Service Limited and
Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service respectively. The first two centres operated by Caritas and Tung Wah Group of Hospitals commenced service since October 2003 whereas the two other centres operated by Zion Social Service Limited and Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service commenced service in 2007 and 2010 respectively. The four centres also provide gambling counselling hotline service (telephone number: 1834 633).
The four centres provide specialized counselling and treatment services for problem and pathological gamblers and their family members. The four centres will also facilitate the development of the best practices for remedial services and screening of problem and pathological gamblers in Hong Kong, and collect data and statistics for the sake of enhancing understanding about the behaviour and risk factors of problem and pathological gambling.
In addition, the Ping Wo Fund also provides funding support for the organisation of the Asian Pacific Problem Gambling and Addiction Conferences. The 4th Asian Pacific Problem Gambling and Addiction Conference was held on 8 & 9 May 2015 for knowledge exchange and networking between Hong Kong and international practitioners in combating problem gambling (for Welcoming Address by Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, press here) (PDF) (English version only). For more details of the conference, please revisit http://www.appgac.org/ browsing.
Ping Wo Fund Anti-Football Gambling Promotional Campaign 2014
To raise public awareness of the problem of gambling in the run-up to the World Cup 2014, the Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee (PWFAC) has launched Hong Kong’s largest, territory-wide joint promotional campaign to discourage football gambling. With the slogan of “Lead a Healthy Life, Don’t Gamble”, this joint effort with the Home Affairs Bureau and the Hong Kong Police Force, fully supported by district participation and many partner organisations, works proactively in advocating football as a healthy sport to be honoured and enjoyed by all for its good character and spirit. It is also the first time that PWFAC has collaborated with the local design brand “Chocolate Rain”. The main characters – Fatina, Chefo and their friends are transformed into campaign ambassadors to help promote anti-football gambling messages!
Designed to appeal to people of all ages, and open to the public for free, the campaign includes a large-scale thematic roadshow and a diversified array of enjoyable activities, where the public can show their support for anti-football gambling by taking part in the games. Participants can also take home with prizes and souvenirs!
2016 - 2017 Ping Wo Fund Sponsorship Scheme
The Ping Wo Fund Sponsorship Scheme, administered by the Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee, aims to provide sponsorship to community organisations to organise public education programmes/activities to prevent and alleviate gambling-related problems.
The Ping Wo Fund Sponsorship Scheme 2016-17 is inviting applications. This year, the applications would be processed in two phases, with the first phase covering those programems/activities to commence in June to September 2016 and the second phase covering those programmes/activities to commence in October to December 2016. The application deadlines for the first phase and second phase are 6 May 2016 and 27 May 2016 respectively. To encourage applications from community organisations, the deadline for application for the second phase will be extended to 10 July 2016. For details, please refer to the guidance note.
- Guidance Note of the Ping Wo Fund Sponsorship Scheme 2016-17 (PDF)
2016-2017 Ping Wo Fund School Project Grants
The 2016-2017 Ping Wo Fund School Project Grants (the Scheme) administered by the Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee aims to provide sponsorship to schools to organize educational projects/ activities on prevention or alleviation of gambling-related problems among students. The Scheme is inviting applications and the deadline is 21 May 2016. For details, please refer to the following document.
- Ping Wo Fund School Project Grants 2016-2017 (PDF)
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