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“ODESC” is the overall phrase used to describe the formal structure of senior officials which manages national security in New Zealand in both its governance and its response modes.

ODESC is also the name for the committee of Chief Executives which, during an emerging or actual security event, is responsible for providing strategic direction and coordinating the all-of-government response.

Three boards – the ODESC governance boards - govern New Zealand’s National Security System.

DPMC’s National Security Systems directorate provides the secretariat for all the ODESC governance boards as well as the Strategic Risk and Resilience Panel. Further information including Terms of Reference for each board, can be provided on request.

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