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FEES AND LEVIES

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Updated 31 December 2018
By quarter 2, 2020 (estimated), financial advice providers must be registered on the Financial Services Provider Register (FSPR) and licensed by the Financial Markets Authority (FMA). There will be fees to obtain a licence, and levies for the services an entity is registered for on the FSPR.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), who set fees and levies, released a consultation paper on 13 December 2018. This paper summarises MBIEs suggested fees and levies.

These fees and levies are not final. They may change before the regime is implemented. These fees and levies are not final.
 

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Licensing fees
Financial advice provider licences can be for a single entity, or for a group of entities applying together. If a group of entities apply together, there is one lead applicant, and the other entities are called “authorised bodies”. On the 19 June 2019, MBIE confirmed the fees and levies:
 
  • Transitional licensing:
    • Financial advice provider application fee, $405;
    • plus Fee per authorised body in the application, $38.75;
    • Application to vary licence conditions, $100 + $155 per hour (or part thereof).
  • Full licensing:
    • Single adviser business or gives advice on its own account, $612 (for 2 hours);
    • Financial advice provider that engages financial advisers, $767 (for 3 hours);
    • Financial advice provider that engages nominated representatives, $922 (for 4 hours);
    • plus Fee per authorised body in the application, $155;
    • plus Fee for every additional hour or part thereof over the base, $155;
    • Application to vary licence conditions, $100 + $155 per hour (or part thereof).
  • All values exclude GST.
These fees are based on an estimate of the time it will take to process an application. Complex cases will be charged $155/hour over the expected assessment hours. Two hours are expected for a financial advice provider with one financial adviser, three hours for one with multiple financial advisers, and four hours for a financial advice provider that engages nominated representatives.

Existing licences under the Financial Markets Conduct Act are usually granted for five years, at which point they must be renewed. The FMA are presently consulting on whether licences should be granted without an expiry date. If financial advice provider licences will need to be renewed, MBIE will consult about renewal fees.

 


FMA levies
The costs of the FMA are covered by levies charged to financial market participants. These fees are collected when entities renew their registrations on the FSPR. The levies are listed on the MBIE website.
 
  • Levy at initial registration:
    • $460 per financial advice provider or financial adviser (same as now);
  • Levy at annual confirmation:
    • Financial advice provider, $225;
    • plus Levy per nominated representative, $179;
    • plus Levy if the financial advice provider gives advice on its own account, $737;
    • these levies capped at $80,000 per financial advice provider;
    • Financial adviser, $265 (separate from the levy cap);
    • Authorised bodies, $460.
  • All values exclude GST, and exclude FSPR fees.
 

Next steps
Read about licensing fees and FMA levy on the MBIE website
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