Established in mid-2017, the National Risk Unit supports the identification, assessment, and governance of national security risk.
New Zealand takes an “all hazards, all risks” approach to national security, which includes a broad range of traditional and non-traditional security risks. For example, natural hazards, biosecurity events, pandemics, terrorism, and cyber security incidents.
Managing national risk is complex and requires the collective effort of a wide range of government departments and agencies, local government, private sector, and the public.
The National Risk Unit helps manage national risk by:
- supporting government departments and agencies in the use of a national risk assessment methodology
- helping to strengthen management arrangements for national risk
- supporting the work of ODESC governance boards.
While the National Risk Unit provides an overview of National Security risk, the day-to-day responsibility of managing risk remains with individual government agencies.
Effective management and governance of national risk means New Zealand will be better prepared against a range of possible events.
The National Risk Unit is part of the Security and Intelligence Group within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
The Manager of the National Risk Unit is Dr Mark Evans.