Government and Global Partners

New Zealand Defence Force




The New Zealand Defence Force facilitates the Defence Employer Support Council (DESC) Secretariat. The Secretariat consists of a small, dedicated team focusing on public affairs, policy advice, and administration. The team works hard to support and offer advice to the DESC.

Find out more about the NZDF. (external link)


Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment


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MBIE provides legislation advice and guidance on employment law, enabling the DESC Secretariat to deliver HR policy advice and information to employers. 

MBIE also administers the Volunteers Employment Protection Act 1973 (external link) .

Find out more about MBIE. (external link)


Australian Defence Reserves Support


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Our Australian counterparts work in similar ways to us, and we exchange guidance and advice on how to best support Defence People.

Find our more about Australian Defence Reserves Support (external link)