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Cost recovery for police vetting

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/11/2016

Police will soon be making more than $3 million a year from their vetting service.

Parliament has passed the cost recovery law change and Cabinet has decided a fee of $8.50 will be set for each vetting request.

Police Minister Judith Collins says more than 500,000 people are vetted each year and the fee will raise over $3m to meet most of the cost of the service.

There will be exemptions for agencies making 20 or fewer vetting request per year, and for charities.

"Police vetting is considered a demand service because it is provided on request from organisations for their direct benefit - for example the vetting of a prospective employee or volunteer," Ms Collins said.

"New Zealand police was one of the few police services worldwide that did not have legislation that explicitly allowed for some degree of cost recovery."

The charges will come into force when regulations have been drawn up.

Ms Collins says the $8.50 fee is much lower than in some other countries - in Australian states it's more than $50.

Labour, the Greens and NZ First opposed the bill and it passed its final third reading stage by 63 votes to 56.

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