Regulation of financial advice

MBIE is responsible for administering legislation relating to the regulation of financial advice in New Zealand.

Financial advice is currently regulated under the Financial Advisers Act 2008, which will be repealed by the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act on 15 March 2021.

Read more about the current regulatory regime

Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act

The Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill was passed into law on 4 April 2019. The legislation introduces a new regulatory regime for financial advice that will come into force on 15 March 2021. Note the new regime was originally due to come into force on 29 June 2020 but was delayed until March 2021 to enable the sector to better focus on supporting clients with the impacts of COVID-19.

Next steps for new regime

The new regime will come into force on 15 March 2021 at which point all of the requirements of the new regime will apply, including the requirement to operate under a licence granted by the Financial Markets Authority. The FMA is now accepting transitional licence applications.

More information regarding the licensing process is available on the Financial Markets Authority website(external link).

Supporting regulations

Some of the further details of the new regime are set in regulations. This includes the disclosure requirements, the licensing fees, the registration requirements, and other aspects of the regulations.

More detail is available on the Regulations to support the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act page

Code of conduct

In May 2019, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs approved a Code of conduct developed by an independent Code Working Group. The new Code will come into effect on 15 March 2021.

Read the Code of conduct and about its development

Development of the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act

The Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act was developed following a statutory review of the existing regulatory regime for financial advice.

Read more about the review and the development of the new regime

Feedback welcome

In addition to the formal engagement processes we welcome feedback at any time.

If you would like to contact us, please email faareview@mbie.govt.nz.

Last updated: 25 June 2020