What you need to know

Protective Security Requirements – roles and responsibilities

Government employees play an important role in helping their agency maintain personnel, physical and information security.

The Protective Security Requirements (PSR) outlines the Government’s expectations for managing personnel, physical and information security. It clearly sets out what agencies must and should consider to ensure they are managing protective security effectively.

By observing your agency’s security policies, you will:

  • assure continuity of service delivery
  • assure the Government and the public you have appropriate, effective measures in place to protect New Zealand’s people, information and assets.


The PSR provides agencies with:

  • core policy documents that describe the high-level mandatory requirements that agencies are required to implement and report against
  • protocols and management requirements that provide direction on how to meet the mandatory requirements.

What you need to do

Government employees are to observe security policies with the understanding it provides pathways for successfully protecting people, information and assets.

As a government employee, your responsibilities include:

  • familiarising yourself with, and following, the policies and procedures of your agency and your role
  • knowing who is responsible for protective security within your agency
  • knowing your first point of contact for any questions about protective security
  • reporting any security incidents, that have or might occur, to your Chief Security Officer (CSO).

Depending on your role, you may also need to gain and maintain a national security clearance and clearly understand your security obligations and responsibilities as a clearance holder.

Common Questions

Contact infomation

If you want to know more about the PSR you can contact:

psr@protectivesecurity.govt.nz +64 4 472 6170