Notice Type
General Section
Notice Title

Fees Payable to the Medical Council of New Zealand from 1 September 2020

Under sections 130–133 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, the Medical Council of New Zealand (“Council”) gives notice that fees and levy (GST excluded), set out in the Fees Schedule below, are payable effective from 1 September 2020.

Commencement

This notice comes into effect on 1 September 2020. From that date, the following notice is revoked:

Fees Schedule 1

A Practising Certificate (PC) or Interim Practising Certificate including Disciplinary Levy $  
  Annual PC fee 768.21 2, 3
  Application to vary existing PC 201.78  
  PC Quarterly Fee (used only when bringing a doctor into their registration cycle) 192.05  
B Disciplinary Levy – levy for 12 months 168.25  
C Registration Fees    
  For registration in a provisional general/general scope of practice:    
  Application for provisional general registration (New Zealand/Australian/NZREX graduate) 201.78  
  Application for provisional general registration (Australian General Registrant) 201.78  
  Application for provisional general registration (competent authority) 363.22  
  Application for provisional general registration (comparable health system) 1,008.95  
  Application for general registration (New Zealand/Australian graduate) 201.78  
  For registration in a provisional vocational / vocational scope of practice:    
  Application for vocational registration (for those registered in the General scope of practice, who have been awarded the prescribed qualification) 201.78  
  Application for vocational registration (for those who are not registered in the General scope of practice, who have been awarded the prescribed qualification) 356.74  
  Application for provisional vocational registration (for international medical graduates with overseas specialist qualifications) 2,675.56  
  Assessment of documents (preliminary advice) by vocational educational advisory body 785.54 1
  Interview with vocational educational advisory body (interview/final advice) 2,847.47 1
  Re-evaluation by vocational educational advisory body 611.12 1
  Vocational educational advisory body advice on supervisor/employment 89.93 1
  Vocational practice assessment 16,666.68 1
  For registration in a special purpose scope of practice:    
  Special purpose postgraduate training 650.32  
  Special purpose locum tenens 356.74  
  Special purpose teleradiology 356.74  
  Special purpose research 356.74  
  Other registration-related fees:    
  Application to change existing scope or conditions 201.78  
  Restoration of registration 201.78  
D Certificate Signed by the Registrar    
  Certificate of registered information, and any other document confirming registration status/standing or internship details 133.91  
E New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREX Clinical)    
  Application fee 666.25  
  Examination fee 3,843.75 1
  Review of decisions (recount) 215.16  
  Appeal of decisions (impairment or exam process) 512.85  
  Withdrawal, or transfer, prior to, or on, the cut-off date for the specified exam (6 weeks prior to exam) 185.31  
  Withdrawal after the cut-off date for the specified exam(20 working days or more prior to exam) 724.98  
F Screening Programmes    
  Urine testing administrative charge 112.58 4
  Charge per urine test 1,128.95  
  Hair testing administrative charge 494.08  
  Charge per hair test 444.74  
  Blood testing administrative charge 1,898.67  
  Breathalyser testing administrative charge (including the cost of the unit) 1,237.49  
  Cost of re-calibration of breathalyser unit 79.79  
G Sexual Misconduct Assessment    
  Administration charge only 1,746.65 1, 4
H Contribution to Educational Supervision Costs    
  Administration charge only 2,334.19 1, 4
I Educational – Pre-Vocational    
  Accreditation of training provider 31,504.82  
J Educational - Vocational    
  Accreditation New Zealand-only training providers*:    
  - Training provider with 300 or more paying members 22,000.00  
  - Training provider with fewer than 300 paying members 17,000.00  
  Accreditation of training providers recertification programme only* 10,000.00  
K Recognition of vocational scope of practice / Assessment of a recertification programme    
  Vocational education and advisory body application for recognition of new vocational scope of practice 7,207.63  
  Application for assessment of an individual recertification programme for a vocational scope of practice 3,002.98  
L Register    
  Register for 12 months downloaded from the Council’s website 310.39  
  Request for one copy of the Register 114.96  
  Register data requests (Fee is per hour but may be adjusted depending on the nature of the query. Any disbursements will be recovered at cost) 114.96  


Dated at Wellington this 31st day of July 2020.

DAVID DUNBAR, Registrar, Medical Council of New Zealand.

Explanatory Note

Increase in Practising Certificate Fee and Disciplinary Levy

On 12 June 2020, Council published a consultation document on its website, outlining the reasons for proposed increases to the practising certificate (PC) fee and annual disciplinary levy and seeking feedback on the proposals. The consultation document was also sent to all doctors, the Ministry of Health, district health boards and other organisations with an interest. Council proposed a PC fee increase of $34.28 to $605.67 and a disciplinary levy increase of $15.44 to $169.80 (both GST exclusive). These fees were based on Council’s strategic objectives as outlined in the Strategic Plan; Council’s budgets and projections for the 2019/2020 and 2020/21 financial years; and Council’s general, disciplinary and examination fund reserves as at 31 May 2020.

On 21 July 2020, Council received and considered a report on the feedback from the consultation. Council resolved to approve the new practising certificate fee of $599.96 and disciplinary levy of $168.25 (both excluding GST) with an effective date of 1 September 2020. These fees are payable together, upon application for a practising certificate.

*Fee for accreditation of New Zealand-based vocational training and recertification providers

On 18 November 2019, the Council released a consultation document, seeking feedback on the proposed introduction of a fee for the accreditation of New Zealand-based vocational training providers. On 12 February 2020, the Council received and considered a report on the feedback from the consultation.

The Council resolved to approve the fees now included in this Notice, which distinguish larger providers (with more than 300 paying members) from smaller providers (with fewer than 300). These fees do not apply to the accreditation of bi-national (Australian and New Zealand) vocational training providers, for which the fees are set by the Australian Medical Council.

Other fees adjusted for inflation

All other fees have been inflation-adjusted by 2.5% from 1 September 2020, with the exception of the new fees for accreditation New Zealand-based vocational training and recertification providers.

Key to Annotations

1. All fees are non-refundable unless denoted.

2. Reduced fee payable for first time applicants applying for registration within a provisional or special purpose scope of practice where the appointment is for six months or less. For appointments longer than six months, the PC fee will be charged to bring medical practitioners on to their PC cycle.

3. Fee includes a disciplinary levy of $168.25.

4. Services provided by external providers are on-charged in full by Council. A one-off administration fee is charged up front to cover the cost of Council staff time and overheads.