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Government Communications Security Bureau

ACTS ADMINISTERED

Government Communications Security Bureau Act 2003

FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) contributes to the national security of New Zealand through:

  • providing foreign signals intelligence to support and inform government decision making;
  • providing an all-hours foreign intelligence watch and warning service to government;
  • ensuring the integrity, availability and confidentiality of official information through information assurance to government; and
  • assisting in the protection of the national critical infrastructure from information-borne threats.

The Director GCSB is accountable to the Minister responsible for the GCSB (traditionally the Prime Minister) for the efficient management and financial performance of the Bureau and for its operational control.

The functions of the GCSB are set out in Part 2 of the Government Communications Security Bureau Act 2003. In summary, they are:

  • Information Assurance; and
  • Signals Intelligence.

The Information Assurance function relates to:

  • the protection of information that is processed, stored or communicated by electronic or similar means;
  • the defence of New Zealand Government premises worldwide against eavesdropping and other forms of technical attack; and
  • the provision of advice and assistance in relation to the protection of the national infrastructure from information-borne threats.

The Signals Intelligence function is to provide foreign signals intelligence to meet the national foreign intelligence requirements of the New Zealand Government.

STRUCTURE

The Head Office of the Government Communications Security Bureau is in Wellington. The GCSB also operates two communications interception stations, GCSB Tangimoana and GCSB Waihopai.

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Oversight and guidance of the GCSB in the policy and budgetary context is provided by the Officials’ Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination (ODESC).

Oversight of the Bureau’s activities is also provided in relation to the legality and propriety of the GCSB’s activities by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (established under the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1996) and by the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliamentarians (established by the Intelligence and Security Committee Act 1996).

RECORDS

Documents held by the GCSB fall within the following general categories:

  • Operational – records relating to the operational functions and activities of the GCSB
  • Organisation and Policy – records relating to operational policies, plans and procedures and the organisation and structure of the GCSB
  • Administration – records relating to the internal administration of the GCSB, including such matters as accommodation, finance, personnel, equipment and travel.

CONTACT

The Director
Government Communications Security Bureau
PO Box 12–209
WELLINGTON

Phone: (04) 472 6881
Fax: (04) 499 3701
Website: gcsb.govt.nz
Email:
General enquiries: information@gcsb.govt.nz
Information Assurance enquiries: informationassurance@gcsb.govt.nz
People Capability: humanr@gcsb.govt.nz
Critical Infrastructure Protection enquiries: info@ccip.govt.nz