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NZ Intelligence and Security Bill 2016

In this section is everything you need to know about what the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill 2016 proposes and how you can have your say.

In March 2016, Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy presented their findings from the First Independent Review of Intelligence and Security in New Zealand to Parliament.

The independent Reviewers recommended significant changes to the legislation governing the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) and the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) and the oversight framework which govern their functioning. The Government has accepted the vast majority of their recommendations.

The resulting New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill 2016 is the most significant reform of our intelligence agencies in our country’s history. It was introduced into Parliament in August 2016.

Key aspects of the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill 2016

The key aspects of the Bill are that it:

  1. creates a single Act to cover the agencies and their oversight bodies, replacing the four separate acts that currently exist
  2. enables more effective cooperation between NZSIS and GCSB, enhancing their effectiveness while still ensuring there is appropriate transparency and accountability around their activities
  3. strengthens oversight of the activities of NZSIS and GCSB
  4. introduces a single warranting framework for intelligence collection activities and tightens up the authorisation framework for granting warrants
  5. brings NZSIS and GCSB further into the core public service increasing accountability and transparency
  6. clarifies arrangements for the use of cover and assumed identities and immunities
  7. sets out the role of the National Assessments Bureau in legislation for the first time.

Process of passing the Bill

Parliament legislates by examining bills (proposed laws), making amendments to them, and agreeing their final form. The bills then become Acts of Parliament.

Visit the New Zealand Parliament website to learn more about the legislative process.

Have your say

If you have something to say about a bill or other item before a select committee, you may be able to make a submission about it. Select committees ask for your opinion by ‘calling for submissions’.

Visit the New Zealand Parliament website to learn more about the submission process.

Last updated: 
Monday, 15 August 2016

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