An amendment to this notice was published on 28 April 2023, Notice No. 2023-gs1690.

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Notice Title

Fees Payable to Te Kaunihera Rata o Aotearoa | Medical Council of New Zealand from 1 July 2022

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 July 2022.


This notice comes into effect on 1 July 2022. From that date, the following notice is revoked:

Fees Schedule 1

A Practising Certificate (PC) or Interim PC including Disciplinary Levy $  
  Annual PC fee 806.70 2, 3
  Application to vary existing PC 319.47  
  PC Quarterly Fee (used only when bringing a doctor into their registration cycle) 201.68  
B Disciplinary Levy – levy for 12 months 235.00  
C Registration Fees    
  Application for registration in a provisional general/general scope of practice:    
  Provisional general registration (New Zealand/Australian/NZREX graduate) 319.47  
  Provisional general registration (Australian General Registrant) 511.15  
  Provisional general registration (competent authority) 511.15  
  Provisional general registration (comparable health system) 1,597.34  
  General registration (New Zealand/Australian graduate) 511.15  
  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) 255.58  
  Application for vocational registration (for those who are not registered in the General scope of practice, who have been awarded the prescribed qualification) 511.15  
  Application for provisional vocational registration (for international medical graduates with overseas specialist qualifications) 3,833.62  
  Vocational practice assessment 16,783.35 1, 5
  College advice fees for registration in a provisional vocational scope of practice*:    
  Assessment of documents (preliminary advice) 1,747.35 1
  Interview (final advice) 4,130.10 1
  Re-evaluation 794.25 1
  Advice on supervisor/employment 211.80 1
  For registration in a special purpose scope of practice:    
  Special purpose postgraduate training 1022.30  
  Special purpose locum tenens / teleradiology / research 638.94  
  Other registration-related fees:    
  Application to change existing scope or conditions 319.47  
  Restoration of registration 319.47  
  Annual retention fee (non-practising status) 138.13  
D Certificate Signed by the Registrar    
  Certificate of professional status, registered information, and any other document confirming registration status/standing or internship details 191.68  
E New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREX Clinical)    
  Application fee 710.49  
  Examination fee 4,099.03 1
  Review of decisions (recount) 361.47  
  Appeal of decisions (impairment or exam process) 542.20  
  Withdrawal, or transfer, prior to, or on, the cut-off date for the specified exam (six weeks prior to exam) 361.47  
  Withdrawal after the cut-off date for the specified exam (20 working days or more prior to exam) 819.80  
F Screening Programmes    
  Testing administrative charge (per test) 145.78  
  Charge per test for urine / hair / blood (recharged at cost) at cost 1
  Cost of breathalyser unit / re-calibration of breathalyser unit (recharged at cost) at cost 1
G Sexual Misconduct Assessment    
  Administration charge only 1,904.11 1, 4
H Contribution to Educational Supervision Costs    
  Administration charge only 2,542.50 1, 4
I Educational – Pre-Vocational    
  Accreditation of training provider 31,725.35 1
J Educational – Vocational    
  Accreditation New Zealand-only training providers:    
  – Training provider with 300 or more paying members 22,154.00 1
  – Training provider with fewer than 300 paying members 17,119.00 5
  Accreditation of training providers recertification programme only 10,070.00 5
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 7,686.31  
  Application for assessment of an individual recertification programme for a vocational scope of practice 3,202.42  
L Register    
  Register for 12 months downloaded from the Council’s website 327.73  
  Request for one copy of the Register 163.86  
  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) 163.86  

Dated at Wellington this 1st day of June 2022.

DAVID DUNBAR, Registrar, Te Kaunihera Rata o Aotearoa | Medical Council of New Zealand.

Explanatory Note

Changes to Council Fees and Disciplinary Levy

On 19 April 2022, Council published a consultation document on its website, outlining the reasons for proposed changes to existing fees and disciplinary levy and sought feedback on the proposals. The consultation document was also sent to all registered doctors, the Ministry of Health, district health boards and other organisations with an interest. Following an extensive review of fees in 2021, using the activity-based costing methodology first adopted by Council for fee setting in 2015. Most of Council’s existing fees were inflation-adjusted by 5.9% on the basis they were recently re-costed and therefore the existing fee is representative of the activity-based cost.

Fifty-three responses were received and were considered by the Audit and Risk Committee under delegation from Council on 26 May 2022. The Audit and Risk Committee resolved to approve the fees outlined in this notice with an effective date of 1 July 2022. Council was very pleased that we have been able to maintain the level of practising certificate fee and limit the increase to the disciplinary levy.

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 $235.00.

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.

5. These fees have not been inflation-adjusted on the basis that the existing fees, having been reviewed, are still considered representative of the activity-based cost. Additionally, the fee for accreditation of prevocational training providers is unlikely to be levied in the 2022/23 financial year given ongoing health reforms. Each of these fees will be reviewed for the 2023/24 financial year.