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Direct Access Agreements

The Intelligence and Security Act 2017 enables the Minister in Charge of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) to enter into agreements with the Ministers of Internal Affairs, Immigration, Customs, and Police for direct access to certain databases that are necessary for NZSIS to perform its functions.

The Minister in Charge of NZSIS has entered into an agreement with the Minister of Customs to enable NZSIS to access information about border crossing persons, goods, and craft that has been collected in connection with the performance or exercise of a function, duty, or power under the Customs and Excise Act 2018, which is held in the CusMod database. This Direct Access Agreement takes effect on 20 October 2021.