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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 access Customs’ CUSMOD database for specific information where necessary. This direct access agreement takes effect on 1 April 2017.

The agreement, Direct Access Agreement - Customs and NZSIS (PDF 12 MB), is in accordance with the Intelligence and Security Act 2017. The agreement refers to sections 10, 10(1)(b)(iii), 131(2)(b), and 171 respectively.