Review of the Intelligence and Security Act 2017

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Closes 30 Sep 2022


The Intelligence and Security Act 2017 allows the NZSIS and GCSB to undertake intrusive activities (such as intercepting text messages) but requires them to act in a professional and politically neutral way. The Act also sets out safeguards and human rights protections to help ensure the agencies are working lawfully and appropriately.

Information gathered under the Act helps the government to make informed decisions to protect New Zealand as a free, open, and democratic society. Information gathered ranges from information about domestic and regional security issues to information about specific threats from terrorism, violent extremism or organised crime.  With this information, the government makes decisions, for example strategic foreign policy decisions or decisions about how to counter terrorism, violent extremism and similar threats.

The purpose of this review is to understand what improvements might need to be made, if any, so that the Act is clear, effective, and fit for purpose.

The recommendations and issues related to the Act raised in the report from the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch masjidain on 15 March 2019 (RCOI Report) will also be considered in this review.

Public feedback is being sought on the following topics:

  • Extent of Agencies’ Powers
  • Limits and Controls on the Agencies
  • Public Participation

However, if you wish to provide feedback on some other aspects of the Act you are welcome to do so in the General Questions section.