Access to Information

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 authorises and requires Government Bureaux and Departments, 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.

The Code, and its Guidelines on Interpretation and Application can be accessed at

Schedule of charges for reproducing information

Other than publications which are available free of charge or at cost, the following charges will be levied (subject to revision from time to time):

Photocopying: HK$1.2 per copy (black and white on A4 size paper)
HK$1.3 per copy (black and white on A3 size paper)
Data in a floppy disk: HK$5 per disk
Data in CD ROM: HK$10 per disk

Disclosure Log

The disclosure log provides summary descriptions of the nature of information requested and released under the Code on Access to Information (“the Code”) by the HKMA. The disclosure log will be updated on a quarterly basis.

If any member of the public wishes to obtain any information listed in the disclosure log, an information request should be made to our Access to Information Officer. Such requests will be handled in accordance with the Code.

October to December 2018

Entry / Reference number Information requested and released
17/2018 Requested the HKMA to follow up with an authorized institution that its cash deposit machines were unable to accept the 2018 new series Hong Kong banknotes.

 Application form for access to information (PDF file, 43KB)

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Last revision date : 26 August 2019