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Benefits for officers killed or injured while on duty

 

(A) Killed on duty

The following types of benefits may be provided to the dependants of an officer who dies as a result of injuries received in the actual discharge of his/her duty:

(a) Death Benefits/Retirement Benefits

  • If the officer was appointed on pensionable terms, a death gratuity is payable under the relevant Hong Kong pensions legislation to the spouse (if the officer has made a valid nomination for the spouse to receive the death gratuity before his death in accordance with the pensions legislation) or otherwise the estate of the officer, irrespective of his length of service in the government.
  • If the officer was appointed on agreement terms, his accrued mandatory provident fund (MPF) benefits and the contract gratuity for service completed (if applicable) and any untaken leave earned will be payable.
  • If the officer was appointed on the new probationary, new agreement or new permanent terms on or after 1 June 2000 under the new civil service entry system, a death payment of 36 months' final salary, his accrued MPF or civil service provident fund benefits and the contract gratuity for service completed (if applicable) will be payable.

    During the period required to settle the estates, dependants of the deceased officer may apply for a lump sum advance of the death benefits/contract gratuity (if applicable) to meet funeral and other expenses.

(b) Salary for any untaken vacation leave.

(c) Employees' Compensation

  • The dependants of the officer appointed on pensionable terms (or agreement officer whose terms of appointment provide for the grant of dependant pension) can opt to receive either -

    (i) a dependant pension (in the form of one-off payment or a monthly pension) under the relevant Hong Kong pensions legislation;

    or

    (ii) statutory compensation under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance.

  • The dependants of the officer appointed on the new probationary, new agreement or new permanent terms on or after 1 June 2000 under the new civil service entry system can receive statutory compensation under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance.

(d) A pension to the surviving spouse and dependent children under the Widows and Orphans Pension Ordinance or the Surviving Spouses' and Children's Pensions Ordinance if the officer was a contributor to either one of the schemes before his death or if he had preserved benefits in the schemes.

(e) A funeral grant of up to $83,700.

(f) Burial facilities at Gallant Garden which is a designated burial ground for civil servants who die on duty in recognition of their contributions to the civil service and the community.

(g) Dependent parents not eligible for compensation under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance or relevant pensions legislation may be granted an ex-gratia allowance.

(h) Children may continue to receive overseas education allowance or local education allowance until the age of 19. The same extension is applicable to school passages.

(i) The surviving family may retain their departmental quarters until the normal retirement age of the deceased officer as if he had remained alive. As an alternative, the Administration will assist the surviving family to obtain more permanent accommodation in public housing estates.

(j) Housing allowances including Home Purchase Allowance, Home Financing Allowance, Private Tenancy Allowance, Accommodation Allowance, Rent Allowance and Non-accountable Cash Allowance are payable to the surviving family for a period of six months, or the amount of leave earned by the deceased officer, whichever is the greater.

(k) The surviving family living in Hong Kong are eligible for medical and dental benefits.

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(B) Injured on duty

The following types of benefits may be provided to an officer who is injured in the actual discharge of his duty -

(a) Paid sick leave (for a maximum period of 24 months from the commencement of incapacity related to the injury, plus a further extension of 12 months for exceptional cases, subject to approval).

(b) Free medical treatment.

(c) Employees' Compensation

  • If the officer is appointed on pensionable terms (or agreement officer whose terms of appointment provide for the grant of additional pension) and is permanently injured, he can opt to receive either -

    (i) an additional pension under the relevant Hong Kong pensions legislation;

    or

    (ii) statutory compensation under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance.

  • If the officer is appointed on the new probationary, new agreement or new permanent terms on or after 1 June 2000 under the new civil service entry system, he will be granted statutory compensation under the Employees' Compensation Ordinance.

 

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