The Government is changing the roles and functions of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) to further enhance DIA's ability to deliver against a strong technology leadership and information management mandate. 

The changes include a new leadership role in government privacy that will complement the Government Chief Information Officer (GCIO) role and also the existing privacy roles in the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. The GCIO will take the lead role for assuring how government manages private information through a new Government Chief Privacy Officer (GCPO) role.  This role will meet the need for enduring privacy leadership across government and provide a clear signal that privacy is central to government's information management practices. 

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) will be transferred from DIA to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC).  This move will strengthen the alignment of civil defence and emergency management with national security and intelligence priorities and DPMC's broader risk and resilience approach for New Zealand.  Another benefit will be strengthened capacity to plan and manage across government for large-scale events such as the Canterbury earthquakes. A staged transition from DIA to DPMC will begin by 1 April 2014 and MCDEM will remain fully capable of supporting a response to an emergency during that time.

These changes will assist the Chief Executive of DIA to deliver the technology and information leadership required to execute the GCIO role and mandate effectively.

To see ministerial statements about the changes visit www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-government-chief-privacy-officer and www.beehive.govt.nz/release/mcdem-shift-will-strengthen-emergency-management-and-resilience.

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