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The National Assessments Bureau (NAB) is part of the Intelligence and Assessment directorate within DPMC. NAB's function is to provide assessments to assist decision makers on events and developments relevant to New Zealand's national security and international relations. It works closely with customers to help interpret and summarise information from public, diplomatic and intelligence sources.

NAB is not a policy agency and is required to provide independent and impartial assessments. The Director of NAB is accountable to the chief executive of DPMC for the Bureau's day-to-day operations, but is directly accountable to the Prime Minister for the content and quality of its assessments.

The Director of NAB chairs the National Assessments Committee (NAC), an inter-agency committee responsible for coordinating the overall effort of Government agencies in meeting the National Intelligence Priorities and ensuring assessment requirements are met. The NAC is a sub-committee of the Officials Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination (ODESC), the committee of chief executives and other senior officials that oversees New Zealand's security and intelligence community on behalf of ministers.

Together with the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) and Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), NAB forms part of the core New Zealand Intelligence Community (NZIC).  NAB is located in Pipitea House, 1-15 Pipitea Street, Thorndon, Wellington.

The current Director of NAB is Dr Jonathan Austin.