Update May 2020

On 18 March 2020 the government suspended all aviation related pricing reviews due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This means that the proposed changes to the pricing of CAA fees, levies and charges that were presented to the sector in late 2019/early 2020 will not proceed at present. When a decision is made to re-consider pricing, the Authority will ensure the sector is advised and engaged to discuss proposals and options.

In the meantime, the Authority would like to thank those who provided submissions – we realise that this involved a lot of work. All feedback was collated and analysed. The information provided was very helpful and as a result, elements of the proposals were being revisited. So, whilst the current review is on hold, the information provided by the sector will certainly help to inform future thinking.

Original consultation information

A review of CAA fees, levies, and charges is under way, and you're invited to comment by 14 Feb 2020 (please note that in response to requests for more time, this date is extended by a week from the initial date of 07 Feb 2020).

This review will consider the pricing level of the fees, charges, and levies, not the funding framework that was reviewed in 2017. Any changes are expected to take effect 01 July 2020 and remain until 2023.

The approach adopted in this pricing review is consistent with the Government’s ‘cost recovery’ objectives and complies with the public sector guidelines on the setting of fees and charges for services by government agencies. These guidelines were developed by Treasury and the Auditor-General.

Read the full discussion document [PDF 1.7 MB]

Learn more in the cabinet paper(external link)

Purpose of the review

This review is to ensure the Authority’s fees, levies, and charges are set at levels allowing the Authority to carry out the full scope of its work over the next three years.

What’s included in the review

  • an examination of current pricing levels of CAA fees, levies, and charges
  • the establishment of a funding stream to support the replacement of the CAA’s obsolete technology platform
  • two specific policy issues relating to unmanned aircraft operations and the agricultural operations safety levy
  • how the Authority might recover the ongoing costs of its functions under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 (HSNO)
  • an examination of airport identity card fees; and
  • an examination of regulated air cargo agent security vetting fees.

What’s not included in the review

  • the funding framework established in 2017 (with the exception of the basis for the agricultural operations safety levy)
  • the security levies framework established in 2019
  • the amount of Crown funding the Authority receives for services
  • changing the mix of funding between the airline and GA sectors.


The CAA will consult until 5 pm 14 February 2020 on the changes proposed by the 2020 pricing review agreed to by cabinet. We want advice and views on the proposals and their possible impact.

Questions and answers

How to make a submission

Use the online form below (this is preferred to make compiling responses easier). Submissions can also be posted or delivered.

If you have any questions, or would like to organise a meeting with the Authority to discuss elements of this document, please contact us: consultation@caa.govt.nz.

Public meetings

The CAA will hold two meetings in each of six locations to provide the public and aviation participants with an opportunity to hear about the proposed changes, have questions answered and tell us what you think.

Public and sector meetings - presentation [PDF 124 KB]