Working with Other Organisations

The Service has close relationships at working and policy levels with a range of departments and ministries. These relationships are vital as they ensure that information is passed on where necessary, and action can be taken by the appropriate authority when the Service identifies potential threats to security.

Security advice is offered free of charge to Departmental Security Officers responsible for security-related matters in government departments and agencies. At their request, the Service “vets” (i.e. checks) staff who need to have access to sensitive classified information. General security courses, or more specialised briefings, are also provided as departments require.

Overseas liaison

The Service also has liaison arrangements with a number of security and intelligence organisations overseas. These links provide New Zealand with avenues to exchange information on security issues of a global nature, such as the activities of foreign intelligence and terrorist organisations, and the movement of their members around the world.

Underlying all of the Service's international relationships is the proviso that Government foreign policy and the rights of New Zealand citizens must not be compromised.