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Officials’ Committee for Domestic and External Security Coordination (Governance) (ODESC(G))

Outside times of crisis, ODESC(G) is the primary governance board overseeing New Zealand’s national security and resilience. Its main role is the identification and governance of national security risk.

ODESC(G) ensures capability and systems are in place to identify major risks facing New Zealand, and that appropriate arrangements are made across government to efficiently and effectively mitigate and manage those risks.

Unlike ODESC, ODESC(G) has a fixed membership. Other Chief Executives or officials may be invited by the Chair to attend meetings if required.

ODESC(G) is chaired by the Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Membership includes the:

  • Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • State Services Commission
  • Treasury
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • New Zealand Police
  • Crown Law

For more information download the National Security System Handbook (PDF, 1.11 MB)