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Government Budget 100% open

Hong Kong

What data is expected?

National government budget at a high level. This category is looking at budgets, or the planned government expenditure for the upcoming year, and not the actual expenditure. To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • Planned budget divided by government department and sub-department
  • Updated once a year.
  • The budget should include descriptions regarding the different budget sections.

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? Yes(Here)
  •   Is the data available for free? Yes
  •   Is the data machine readable? Yes (CSV)
  •   Available in bulk? Yes
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Yes
  •   Publicly available? Yes(as Data related to 2015-16 Estimates of the Government published by Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau,
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes


Hong Kong released its budget plans in CSV format for the first time this year. The full descriptions for spending are still held in PDF format in the 'Budget Speech' documents:

Budget commitments are described in terms of policy areas, but there is a document that links policy area to government departments. The expenditure plans in the CSV format do include a fairly detailed breakdown of 'large' projects that includes past and future expenditure.

Reviewer comments

From the website - "The usage of the datasets is subject to the Terms and Conditions as stipulated under DATA.GOV.HK". The license on DATA.GOV.UK seems as it comply with Open Data and allow commercial and non-commercial use.



  • Mor Rubinstein


  • Rob Davidson