An independent review of the security vetting system identified a particular vulnerability around standards of pre-employment checks.  The review recommended the establishment of a base level of checks that all state sector employers should be expected to meet at the point of recruitment, including confirmation of:

  • Identity

  • Nationality

  • Right to work

  • Criminal record check

  • Check with former employer

  • Referees

The Department of Internal Affairs revised its Guidance on Establishing Identity in Recruitment Processes in December 2012.  The Guidance can be accessed from the Evidence of Identity Standard section of the Department's website, in the Further information area.  The link is

State sector agencies are expected to meet the base level checks outlined above and as set out in the Internal Affairs guidance material.  Some agencies will undertake more detailed checks relevant to the nature of work undertaken by their employees, such as occupational specific qualifications and a right to practice.

For further information or advice on use of this guidance please contact the Department of Internal Affairs at

For advice on the general expectations of pre-employment checks for state sector agencies please contact the Workforce Strategy team at the State Services Commission at

Where advice on security vetting is required contact should be made in the first instance with the agency's Departmental Security Officer.  For any other vetting enquiries please contact or the NZSIS Vetting Helpline on 04 471 2087.

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