Council of Financial Regulators

 Last updated: 30 April 2021


The Council for Financial Regulators (CoFR) has agreed on a common understanding of the characteristics of a vulnerable consumer. This is presented as a non-binding framework for industry when developing or reviewing the way it treats vulnerable customers.

In response to COVID-19, the Council of Financial Regulators (CoFR) delayed or slowed down many regulatory initiatives for an initial period of six months. The CoFR agencies prepared an updated timetable in September 2020 setting out the proposed actions for the rest of 2020 and throughout 2021.


The Council of Financial Regulators ( CoFR) contributes to maximizing New Zealand’s sustainable economic well-being through responsive and coordinated financial system regulation.


CoFR’s main objectives are to:

  • Develop a collective view on longer-term strategic priorities for the financial system;
  • Identify and monitor important issues, risks and gaps in the financial system that may impinge upon achievement of member agencies’ regulatory objectives;
  • Agree collaborative responses to issues that require cross-agency involvement and put in place appropriate mechanisms to deliver them.


The members of CoFR are:

CoFR meets quarterly to discuss financial markets regulatory issues, risks and priorities.

The RBNZ Governor and the FMA Chief Executive alternate chairing meetings.

Attendance is normally at CEO level, accompanied by one or two senior colleagues, with the emphasis being on continuity of attendance. Further attendance depends on the particular topics on the agenda for the meeting.

CoFR may invite other regulatory agencies or any other relevant organisations to attend meetings, as required.

CoFR may establish sub-committees and working groups as required to address particular issues, with membership drawn from CoFR agencies and others.

Responsibilities and relationships

CoFR’s vision and activities operate within the framework of the statutory responsibilities set for each agency and the preferences and priorities set by the Government.

CoFR’s Relationship Charter sets out how CoFR members work together to deliver the CoFR vision.

CoFR members may formalise their bilateral working relationships through appropriate mechanisms such as a Memorandum of Understanding.

Regulatory Charter

CoFR has signed a regulatory charter that promotes good regulatory stewardship to monitor the performance and quality of the financial markets regulatory system. MBIE developed the charter as a management tool to set expectations and provide an overview of the regulatory system.

Read the Regulatory charter for financial markets (PDF 570KB).