Who we work with

New Zealand Police

New Zealand Police is the lead agency responsible for reducing crime and increasing community safety. Search here for the Police station nearest you.

Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice provides leadership for the justice sector as a whole. It is responsible for the enforcement of the law and administration of justice. It supports the court system and the Waitangi Tribunal, administers legal aid and the Public Defence System, and has a number of policy teams that give legal advice to the government and for new legislation.

Crown Law

The Crown Law Office provides legal advice and representation to the Government, particularly in the areas of criminal, public and administrative law.

New Zealand Customs

New Zealand Customs ensures the security of our borders, protecting the country from illegal imports and exports. It investigates illegal activity and prosecutes where necessary.

Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs issues passports and citizenship rights, enforces censorship and gambling laws, registers births, deaths and marriages and manages VIP visits.

Office of the Auditor-General

The Office of the Auditor-General carries out strategic audit planning, sets policy and standards, appoints auditors and oversees their performance, carries out performance audits, provides reporting and advice to Parliament, and carries out inquiries and other special studies.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is the government’s lead business-facing agency. It develops and delivers policy, services, advice and regulation to support business growth. The ministry has many regulatory responsibilities, including enforcement of the Companies Act, Insolvency Act and Financial Reporting Act.

Inland Revenue Department

The Inland Revenue Department collects most of the revenue the Government needs to fund its programmes. Responsible for investigating and prosecuting tax frauds, it also administers a number of social support programmes.

Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission enforces legislation that promotes competition in New Zealand markets. It prohibits misleading and deceptive conduct by traders, and has a wide range of enforcement responsibilities that include prosecutions under the Fair Trading Act, Commerce Act and Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act.

Financial Markets Authority

The Financial Markets Authority was formed in 2011 under the Financial Markets Authority Act 2011 and replaces the Securities Commission. Its job is to promote and facilitate the development of fair, efficient and transparent financial markets. It has a range of responsibilities and powers, including investigating potential breaches of financial markets conduct legislation and taking appropriate enforcement action. The FMA works with other agencies, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Commerce Commission and the Police as well as overseas agencies.

Memorandums of Understanding with other agencies

The Serious Fraud Office has MOUs with:

New Zealand Police

Financial Markets Authority

New Zealand Customs

Victim Support

Inland Revenue Department

Related International Agencies

APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency Working Group (ACTWG)

Since 2011, ACTWG's purpose has been to coordinate the implementation of the Santiago Commitment to Fight Corruption and Ensure Transparency, the APEC Course of Action and the APEC Transparency Standards. It also promotes cooperation in areas of extradition, legal assistance and law enforcement. In 2014 the group adopted the Beijing Declaration on Fighting Corruption. The group is open to anti-corruption experts and law enforcement officials from all interested APEC member economies.

International Anti-Corruption Coordination Centre (IACCC)

The IACCC brings together specialist law enforcement officers from multiple agencies into a single location to coordinate the global law enforcement response to allegations of grand corruption. The SFO Director is on the governance group of the IACCC.

Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC)

ASIC is Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services regulator. It contributes to Australia’s economic reputation by ensuring financial markets are fair and transparent. ASIC is an independent Commonwealth Government body set up to administer the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act (ASIC Act). Most of its work falls under the umbrella of the Corporations Act.

Economic Crime Agencies Network (ECAN)

Established by the SFO in 2013, ECAN is a high-level worldwide network of law enforcement agencies, primarily involved in the investigation and prosecution of economic crimes. It encourages practical cross-jurisdictional cooperation in the fight against complex, cross-border economic crimes.

US Department of Justice (DOJ) – Fraud Section

The Fraud Section of the DOJ investigates and prosecutes complex white-collar crime, including mass-market investment fraud and corrupt practices.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The FBI is an agency of the Department of Justice. It has a wide range of criminal investigation and prosecution responsibilities, including public corruption, organised crime, and white-collar crime (money laundering, securities and commodities fraud, bank fraud and embezzlement, and fraud against the government).

United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office (UK SFO)

The UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was established two years prior to the NZ SFO (1988) and operates in a very similar capacity. Much like New Zealand’s SFO, it is an independent Government department with reporting responsibility to the Attorney General. 

International Treaties

New Zealand has signed and ratified the following international treaties in relation to anti-bribery and corruption:

  1. OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions.
  2. United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime.
  3. The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).