Financial Advisers Act Commencement Order 2010



Financial Advisers Act Commencement Order 2010

Anand Satyanand, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 9th day of August 2010

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council

Pursuant to section 2 of the Financial Advisers Act 2008, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following order.


1 Title
  • This order is the Financial Advisers Act Commencement Order 2010.

2 Commencement of specified provisions for August 2010 implementation stage
3 Commencement of specified provisions for December 2010 implementation stage
  • The following sections of the Financial Advisers Act 2008 come into force on 1 December 2010:

    • (a) sections 20A and 20C (who may hold themselves out as authorised financial advisers or as QFEs):

    • (c) sections 59 to 62 (Commission's powers in relation to default by authorised financial advisers):

    • (d) sections 75D to 77 (Commission's powers in relation to default by, and obligations of, QFEs and members of QFE groups):

    • (g) those sections of subpart 3 of Part 4 (offences) that are not already in force on 1 December 2010, other than—

      • (i) section 114 (offence of providing financial adviser service without being permitted to do so):

      • (ii) section 117 (failure to make disclosure under or in accordance with disclosure obligation):

      • (iii) section 120 (offence of contravening restrictions on use of term sharebroker):

      • (iv) section 121 (offence of recommending offer of securities when subscription illegal):

      • (v) section 134B (offence of receiving client money if offer for subscription illegal):

4 Commencement of remaining provisions for July 2011 implementation stage
5 Non-application of order to redundant provisions
  • This order does not apply to sections 116 and 161A of the Financial Advisers Act 2008.

Rebecca Kitteridge,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order brings into force, in specified stages, the provisions of the Financial Advisers Act 2008 (FAA) that are not already in force.

The transitional scheme for financial advisers under this order, when taken together with the Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Act Commencement Order 2010 and the Financial Service Providers and Financial Advisers Transitional Regulations 2010 (the Transitional Regulations), is as follows:

  • (a) on and from 16 August 2010—

    • (ii) applications for approval as an authorised financial adviser or for QFE status may be made, and decided on, under the FAA. However, no period of authorisation or grant of QFE status can commence before 1 December 2010 (see regulation 4 of the Transitional Regulations):

    • (iii) the disciplinary committee may be established under the FAA:

    • (iv) all interpretative and other provisions of the FAA relevant to this preliminary implementation stage come into force (including the offence relating to the applications to the Commission and court powers for contraventions of the wholesale certification requirements). However, no conduct obligations for financial advisers, brokers, QFEs, or members of QFE groups come into force at this stage:

  • (b) on and from 1 December 2010,—

    • (i) it becomes mandatory for providers of financial services (other than financial adviser services) to be registered under the FSP Act:

    • (ii) the holding-out protections for the terms of authorised financial advisers and QFEs come into force (because periods of authorisation and periods of grants of QFE status may commence from this time):

    • (iii) most of the conduct obligations under the FAA for financial advisers, brokers, QFEs, and members of QFE groups, and the related enforcement provisions, come into force:

  • (c) on and from 1 April 2011, it becomes mandatory for financial advisers to be registered under the FSP Act. Accordingly, any person seeking to rely on a grant of QFE status to avoid the need to register its employees and nominated representatives must have that status granted by this date. At this time, the FSP Act is fully in force:

  • (d) on 1 July 2011, all remaining provisions of the FAA come into force. In particular,—

    • (i) the restrictions on who is permitted to provide financial adviser services (sections 17 to 20 of the FAA) and the prohibition on holding out as a financial planner or investment planner (section 20B of the FAA) come into force:

    • (ii) the disclosure obligations for financial advisers and brokers replace those set out in the Securities Markets Act 1988 for investment advisers and brokers.

This order does not apply to sections 116 and 161A of the FAA on the basis that these provisions are redundant because they relate to provisions that have been repealed and have no operative effect.

Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 12 August 2010.

This order is administered by the Ministry of Economic Development.