Consultation: have your say on MBIE’s fees review for electrical workers

The consultation period has now closed and submissions are now being analysed.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is reviewing fees for all electrical workers registration and licensing, and would like to hear from licensed and registered electrical workers. 

Fees for electrical workers were last reviewed in 2013 and following this, fees for electrical workers were set to below cost to balance an accumulated surplus in the Electrical Workers’ account. This surplus was as a result of over-recovering costs of activities.

Now that this surplus has been reduced, it is necessary to increase fees for electrical workers to recover costs that were incurred due to lowering fees in 2013. As well as this, we are seeking to improve registration and licensing services, develop and enhance competency training, and maintain IT systems. While these initiatives will add new costs, they are necessary to deliver better value to electrical workers, and to ensure the electrical workers in New Zealand are best equipped to provide New Zealanders with safe and effective electrical work.

The illustration below shows the change to the Licence Fee for electrical workers over time.

Year = 1993 ($204 + GST for two years), Year = 2013 ($104 + GST (online), $165 + GST (manual), Proposed Fee ($217 + GST)

The below table outlines the proposed changes to fees:

  Current Fee Category Current Fee Proposed Fee
Registration Application Application $152 $304
Overseas Trained $304 $1,435
Limited Certificate/Provisional Licence Limited Certificate/Provisional Licence $79 $113
Licence Fee Online/Manual $104/165 $217

*Figures are exclusive of GST