Reporting entities make a big difference in disrupting money laundering and terrorism financing in New Zealand and around the world. Appointed supervisors share a commitment to helping businesses meet their compliance obligations and keeping NZ’s money clean.
Three government agencies are responsible for supervising the various businesses and industries the AML/CFT (anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism) regime applies to.
- The Reserve Bank supervises banks and life insurers
- The Financial Markets Authority supervises financial institutions and financial advisers
- The Department of Internal Affairs supervises accountants, lawyers, conveyancers, casinos and real estate agents
The role of the supervisors includes monitoring and assessing money laundering and terrorism financing risks in each of their sectors, investigating possible breaches and enforcing the law when necessary.
Your AML/CFT supervisor will also closely review the procedures, policies and controls you have put in place to meet the requirements of the AML/CFT regime, including:
- your compliance programme
- customer due diligence
- suspicious activity reports
- prescribed transaction reports
Your supervisor has the right to access your AML/CFT documents and customer and transaction records to make sure you’re complying with your obligations. Supervisors take a risk-based approach, so how often you’ll need to grant access will depend on whether your business provides products and services that are at risk of being exploited by criminals.
Know where to go to get support
Support, guidance and feedback are available to help you understand and do what’s required. If your systems and processes don’t comply with the law, you’ll have to fix them. The supervisors have a range of tools in their compliance toolbox and their focus is on working with reporting entities to remedy situations.This can be something you discuss with your supervisor.
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