Re-organisation of the Government Structure

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The Government Secretariat will be re-organised with effect from 1 July 2022. Upon the government re-organisation, there will be three new positions for Politically Appointed Officials at the rank of Deputy Secretary of Department, namely Deputy Chief Secretary for Administration, Deputy Financial Secretary and Deputy Secretary for Justice, and 15 policy bureaux.

Objectives of the re-organisation

The key objectives of the re-organisation are to enhance the effectiveness of governance to better meet social expectations and complement the policy focuses of the sixth-term Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in the next five years.

Major changes

The major changes involved in the re-organisation are summarised as follows –

  1. Strengthening top-level steer: Three Deputy Secretaries of Departments will share the work of the three Secretaries of Departments, so as to more effectively co-ordinate policy formulation and implementation by policy bureaux, as well as policy issues cutting across multiple policy areas.
  2. Culture, Sports and Tourism: The new Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau will consolidate policies on arts, culture, sports and recreation, creative industries, film services and tourism, thereby promoting co-ordinated and complementary development of these areas.
  3. Transport and Logistics: Upon the split of the Transport and Housing Bureau, the policy bureau responsible for transport matters will be renamed as the Transport and Logistics Bureau to focus on steering and co-ordinating major internal and cross-boundary transport policies as well as logistics development.
  4. Housing: The new Housing Bureau, as split from the Transport and Housing Bureau, will take full charge of housing policy as a matter of the highest priority.
  5. Innovation, Technology and Industry: The re-titling of the Innovation and Technology Bureau as the Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau will highlight re-industrialisation as a standing policy function and work focus of the bureau, as part of its efforts in driving innovation and technology development.
  6. Home and Youth Affairs: The Home Affairs Bureau will be re-organised into the Home and Youth Affairs Bureau and transfer the arts, culture, sports and recreation policies to the new Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau. The Home and Youth Affairs Bureau will strengthen work at district level and review and formulate in a more holistic manner an overall youth policy and a blueprint for youth development.
  7. Environment and Ecology: The Environment Bureau will take over the policies on environmental hygiene, food safety, agriculture and fisheries, and veterinary public health from the Food and Health Bureau, and be renamed as the Environment and Ecology Bureau to better reflect its mission, including driving climate action, promoting biodiversity and related work in these areas.
  8. Health: With the transfer of the policy portfolios on environmental hygiene, food safety, agriculture and fisheries, and veterinary public health to the Environment and Ecology Bureau, the Food and Health Bureau will be revamped as the new Health Bureau to focus on policies on public health, healthcare system, and medical and health services.
  9. Commerce and Economic Development: Upon the transfer of the policy portfolios of creative industries, film services and tourism to the new Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau, the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau will focus on trade and commerce and strive to consolidate and enhance Hong Kong’s status as an international trade centre under the 14th Five-Year Plan, as well as develop Hong Kong into a regional intellectual property trading centre.

Key policy responsibilities under the 15 bureaux

The key policy responsibilities under the 15 bureaux are –

Bureau Key policy responsibilities
Civil Service Bureau Management of the Civil Service
Commerce and Economic Development Bureau Commerce and industry; SME support; taking forward the Belt and Road Initiative; telecommunications; broadcasting; intellectual property protection; consumer protection; competition; film censorship and control of obscene and indecent articles
Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau Constitutional development of Hong Kong; co-ordination of HKSAR’s relations with the Mainland; human rights and access to information
Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau Arts, culture, sports and recreation; creative industries and film services; tourism
Development Bureau Planning; land-use; buildings; urban renewal; construction and works and development-related heritage conservation
Education Bureau Education
Environment and Ecology Bureau Environmental protection; sustainable development; energy; climate change; food safety; environmental hygiene; agricultural and fisheries; and veterinary public health
Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau Financial services and public finance
Health Bureau Public health, healthcare system, and medical and health services
Home and Youth Affairs Bureau District administration; youth and community development; building management; social enterprise and the Community Investment and Inclusion Fund; women affairs
Housing Bureau Housing
Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau Innovation and technology; information technology and re-industrialisation
Labour and Welfare Bureau Welfare; labour; manpower development; children’s rights; poverty alleviation and retirement protection policy aspect of the Mandatory Provident Fund
Security Bureau Internal security and law and order; emergency response management; immigration and boundary crossing; fire fighting and rescue services; correctional services; anti-drugs, anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing
Transport and Logistics Bureau Air services, maritime transport, logistics development, and land and waterborne transport

New organisation chart

Learn more about the new organisational structure through this chart.

New organisation chart of the HKSAR Government
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