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Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth

[Attention: The Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth (“MSSY”) rolls out twice every year. The application period of MSSY Phase II has ended on 28 January 2019. The information below is for reference only. Stay tuned for the announcement of the next phase of recruitment.]

Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth

To scout for talent more widely and encourage participation of young people in policy discussion and debate, the Government initiated the Pilot Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth (“Pilot Scheme”) in October 2017. People aged between 18 and 35 are invited to self-nominate to become members of the specified government advisory committees through the Pilot Scheme. Given the positive feedback, the Government has regularised the Scheme.

The Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth (“MSSY”) rolls out twice every year and includes boards and committees which cover a wide spectrum of policy areas. MSSY Phase I was open for recruitment in June 2018 and all the assessments have been completed.

Appointed members under Pilot Scheme and MSSY Phase I


People aged between 18 and 35 with a commitment to serve the community are invited to self-nominate to become members of the following 10 government advisory committees through the Scheme:

  1. Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee;
  2. Commission on Poverty;
  3. Committee on the Promotion of Racial Harmony;
  4. Hong Kong Advisory Council on AIDS;
  5. Aviation Development and Three-runway System Advisory Committee;
  6. Committee on Home-School Co-operation;
  7. Animal Welfare Advisory Group;
  8. Museum Advisory Committee;
  9. Advisory Committee on Gifted Education; and
  10. Working Group on Green Burial and Related Matters.

The 10 committees will each offer two seats for application. Subject to the actual number of applications received, we expect that the assessments would be completed in the second quarter of 2019.

Recruitment Principles

Following the principle of meritocracy, we aim to, through MSSY, recruit young people who have the commitment to serve the community and the ability to contribute to the committees concerned for recommending to the relevant bureaux/departments for consideration of appointment.

Eligibility and Assessment Criteria

Young people aged between 18 and 35 on 28 January 2019, i.e. the close of application, are eligible to apply under MSSY Phase II.

In the assessment process, we will consider whether the applicant meets the following three conditions –

  1. strong commitment to serve the community;
  2. good understanding of the policy area concerned; and
  3. good analytical and communication skills.

Recruitment Committee

A Recruitment Committee (“RC”) has been set up for overseeing the implementation of MSSY. The RC comprises the Secretary for Home Affairs, a representative of the Youth Development Commission, non-official chairpersons or members of the aforementioned 10 committees and representatives of the bureaux/departments concerned. Under the RC, 10 Assessment Panels (“APs”) will be formed to take care of the applications concerning the 10 committees respectively. AP members include the non-official chairperson and/or members of the committee concerned and representatives of the bureaux/department concerned. The APs will conduct interviews with applicants to facilitate the assessment.

How to Apply

Please submit the application on or before the deadline via one of the following means

  1. through online submission
    (i) by completion of online form; or
    (ii) by completion of fillable PDF Form and submission online; or
  2. by post to the Home Affairs Bureau, 12/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong (Re: “Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth”) (the postmark date on the envelope will be regarded as the date of submission of application). Please make sure that sufficient postage has been paid to avoid unsuccessful delivery; or
  3. by hand to the Home Affairs Bureau’s drop-in box at 2/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong (Re: “Member Self-recommendation Scheme for Youth”).

Application forms can be downloaded here. Applications must be made in accordance with the above specified means.

In completing the application form, the applicant needs to explain, in either Chinese or English, his/her suitability of being appointed to be a member of the relevant committee, through one of the following ways -

  1. to write no more than 600 words; or
  2. to provide a video (in mp4 format) or an audio clip (in m4a format) of no longer than 3 minutes. Applicants may choose to -
    • provide a URL of the video or audio clip (e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive) in the application form; or
    • provide the file of the video or audio clip
      - for applicants who submit the application through online system, please note that the file size is limited to 25MB.
      - for applicants who submit the application by post or by hand, please provide the clip file in DVD or USB Flash Drive.

Application Deadline

28 January 2019 (Monday)

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Towards the deadline for application, the online system would likely be heavily loaded with large volume of applications, and it may render applicants unable to complete their online applications in time. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible.


Telephone Number: 3509 7621

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Terms of Reference of the Ten Committees

  1. Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee (About the Committee)

    • The Ping Wo Fund finances preventive and remedial measures to address the gambling-related problems in the following key areas –
      • research studies into problems and issues relating to gambling;
      • public education and other publicity measures to prevent and alleviate problems relating to gambling; and
      • counselling and treatment services for people with gambling disorder and those affected by them.
    • The duties of the Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee include vetting applications for the Fund and advising the Secretary for Home Affairs on matters relating to the operation of the Fund.

  2. Commission on Poverty (About the Committee)

    • Keep track of the poverty situation through the annual update of the poverty line and keep its analytical framework under review with a view to introducing refinements as needed;
    • Review existing policies and explore new measures to achieve the objective of preventing and alleviating poverty to facilitate upward mobility and provide support to groups with special needs;
    • Conduct researches and thematic studies on issues and topics on poverty alleviation to facilitate the formulation of relevant policies and initiatives;
    • Oversee the operation of the Community Care Fund and the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund to plug the gaps in the existing system and promote social innovation to tackle poverty; and
    • Promote cross-sector collaboration in poverty alleviation work and engage other government advisory committees on poverty alleviation work.

  3. Committee on the Promotion of Racial Harmony (About the Committee)

    • To formulate proposals for promotion of racial harmony, including provision of support services to ethnic minorities and race related public education and publicity. Such proposals should include advice on the practicalities of budget and implementation;
    • To liaise with and assist government departments and community organizations to promote racial harmony and equality; and
    • To encourage all sectors of the community, particularly the ethnic minorities, actively to promote awareness of the issues entailed.

  4. Hong Kong Advisory Council on AIDS (About the Committee)

    • To keep under review local and international trends and development relating to HIV infection and AIDS;
    • To advise the Government on policy relating to the prevention, care and control of HIV infection and AIDS in Hong Kong; and
    • To advise on the co-ordination and monitoring of programmes on the prevention of HIV infection and the provision of services to people with HIV/AIDS in Hong Kong.

  5. Aviation Development and Three-runway System Advisory Committee (About the Committee)
  6. To advise the Government on -

    • broad policy matters concerning Hong Kong civil aviation including
      • the operation and development of the Hong Kong air transport system;
      • air transport services; and
      • legislation as may be required to give effect to such policy matters.
    • issues relating to the implementation of the Three-runway System (3RS) at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), including project design and construction, project cost and financial arrangement, environmental impacts, human resources supply, public engagement, and other pertinent matters;
    • operational performance and development proposals at HKIA other than 3RS;
    • measures for further promoting Hong Kong's status as a centre of international and regional aviation; and
    • any specific matters concerning civil aviation as may from time to time be referred to the Committee by the Government.

  7. Committee on Home-School Co-operation (About the Committee)

    • To encourage the establishment of Parent-Teacher Associations;
    • To promote positive attitudes towards home-school co-operation and parent education through publicity programmes, publicity for good ideas, workshops and seminars;
    • To disburse grants to schools which have ideas for innovative approaches to improving home-school co-operation and enhancing parent education, and to ensure that successful schemes are publicized;
    • To develop multi-media training and publicity materials to encourage better home-school co-operation;
    • To advise the Education Bureau and other government departments and non-government organizations on ways to promote positive parental involvement in the education process;
    • To conduct surveys to investigate current perceptions of home-school relationships, the attitudes of parents, and the improvements required;
    • To advise teacher education institutions, through the Committee on Professional Development of Teachers and Principals, on ways to incorporate the concepts and skills of working with parents in courses of initial teacher training, refresher courses and in-service training for school heads and teachers; and
    • To facilitate and support schools in promoting parent education.

  8. Animal Welfare Advisory Group (About the Committee)
  9. To advise the Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation on matters concerning animal welfare, including:

    • the promotion of community awareness of animal welfare, and
    • responsible pet ownership.

  10. Museum Advisory Committee (About the Committee)
  11. To advise the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services on a wide range of subject matters concerning the public museums and related offices managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD):

    • positioning, image-building and branding;
    • business development strategies including but not limited to acquisition and use of museum collections, organisation of exhibitions and education programmes, identification of research projects, sponsorship and partnership initiatives, etc.;
    • marketing and publicity strategies on the promotion of the museums both locally, in the Mainland and overseas;
    • development of community engagement strategies to reach out to a wider community and stakeholders (e.g. local artists, collectors, local and overseas museums, cultural organisations, and educational institutions, etc.);
    • measures to strengthen the operational efficiency and accountability of public museums; and o any other matters as proposed by the LCSD.

  12. Advisory Committee on Gifted Education (About the Committee)
  13. To make recommendations to the Secretary for Education on gifted education policy and matters related to the Gifted Education Fund on:

    • the overall policy, strategic direction, development, implementation and evaluation on gifted education and talent development;
    • the enhancements on closer alignment of schools, the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education and tertiary education sector in promoting gifted education;
    • the use of the Gifted Education Fund to facilitate the development of gifted education; and
    • the monitoring measures of the Gifted Education Fund and its use, as well as the operation policies, administration and other arrangements.

  14. Working Group on Green Burial and Related Matters (About the Committee)

  15. To advise the Secretary for Food and Health on strategies, measures and actions to promote and enhance awareness, appeal, acceptance and use of green burial in Hong Kong.

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