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Cross-government information sharing

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Information is a significant asset of government.  For it to achieve the best value for taxpayers it is important that information can be shared across government when appropriate.  Cross-government information sharing can lead to better service and ensure that New Zealanders receive their correct entitlements.

Historically, information sharing required a specific legislative change for each new sharing arrangement.  The Privacy Act Approved Information Sharing Agreement approach was designed to make information sharing easier for government agencies, while maintaining transparency for the public.  This approach enables sharing to be authorised by an Order in Council, meaning sharing can be enabled in a more timely and cost-effective way.  Inland Revenue’s cross-agency information sharing provision in the Tax Administration Act operates in a similar way.

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