Citizenship & Security

Security Checks

Because the New Zealand Defence Force is part of New Zealand’s security network, applicants for positions within the Defence Force are required to agree that they will be subject to security vetting by the Defence Force, NZ Police and the NZ Security Intelligence Service. The Criminal Disclosures Act 2008 does not apply to applications made for positions in the Defence Force. Failure to obtain and retain an appropriate level of security clearance may result in the termination of employment with the Defence Force.
 

Security Clearances In the NZDF

There is varying levels of security clearance depending on your trade and the areas you will work in.

  • Confidential Vetting (CV)
  • Secret Vetting (SV)
  • Top Secret Vetting (TSV)
     

For CV Trades

To be considered for this trade you must be:

  • A NZ Citizen/ NZ Residence class visa holder, who has resided in this country continuously for at least the last five years, OR
  • A NZ Citizen/ NZ Residence class visa holder, who has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA); and a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.
     

For SV+TSV Trades

To be considered for this trade you must be:

  • Most preferably a NZ citizen who has resided continuously in this country for the last 10 years, OR
  • A NZ citizen, who has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last 10 years: either Australia, Canada, NZ, UK or the USA; and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZSIS towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at a higher level.