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Fees sustain the work that we do as New Zealand’s national standards body. They allow us to continue improving the ways in which we develop standards. They also mean we can participate in developing international standards and provide access to standards.

Standards New Zealand has undertaken a comprehensive review, which identified a need to increase prices. We operate a cost-recovery model, aligned with the fee-setting and cost-recovery provisions in the Standards and Accreditation Act 2015. As such, we set fees and charge third parties to recover costs. We are not government or taxpayer-funded.

We have kept prices consistent for seven years. This is not typical of the vast majority of businesses, which would have seen prices raised during this significant period. However, it is not sustainable for Standards New Zealand to maintain these costs.

The points below provide you with further information on the price changes.

Why there has been a price increase

  • As a public entity, we have a responsibility to review prices regularly. This is in line with other public entities that are required to review fees. Price reviews are accepted good practice in government.
  • We have kept prices the same for seven years (since 2014), despite increases in operating costs. This is not typical of the vast majority of businesses, which would have seen price increases during this time. However, maintaining those prices and fees is not sustainable for Standards New Zealand.

Why users pay for standards

  • Standards New Zealand operates under a cost-recovery framework as provided for under Section 26 of the Standards and Accreditation Act 2015 . We are not government or taxpayer-funded.
  • There are costs associated with managing the production and administration of standards. There are also costs associated with the investment in innovation and accessibility of standards, and royalties payable to other standards bodies.
  • Many national standards bodies in other countries, for instance the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, take a similar approach in charging users so that they can continue to deliver products and services.
  • We acknowledge that price changes could have an impact on some stakeholders and customers and that price changes need to be reflected in their budgets.

Standards and Accreditation Act 2015 - New Zealand Legislation Te Tari Tohutohu Pāremata(external link)

Effective date

  • The price increase is effective from 1 March 2022. This will be reflected in new prices for standards on our website and renewals for all online library subscribers with renewal dates from 1 April 2022.
  • For those with online library subscriptions, we have aimed to give notice of at least 6 weeks before any renewals come into effect with the price increase.

Sponsored standards

  • Regulators in key sectors already sponsor many standards and standards-related publications, including standards within the building and construction sector, publicly available specifications in the energy efficiency area, and some health and tourism-related standards. Sponsorship of these documents means that they are available to the public on our website without further charge.
  • Standards New Zealand continues to engage with stakeholders on sponsorship of standards for free access.

Sponsored standards