New Zealand Business Number (NZBN)

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The New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) is a globally unique identifier, which any business in New Zealand can now have. Over time the NZBN will become the main identifier for all businesses.

The NZBN will transform how businesses work with each other and with government. Using it will speed up businesses’ interactions with government, suppliers, customers and other businesses.

What are the benefits of a NZBN?

The NZBN will make it easier and faster for businesses to share and update critical business information. Some initial benefits include:

  • Simpler and more reliable business decisions and transactions.
  • Sharing information and knowledge between businesses will be streamlined.
  • Easier access to more customer information will improve business decisions.

NZBN Whole of Government Directions

In 2015, the New Zealand Business Number programme consulted with more than 180 government agencies on ways they can support the implementation of New Zealand Business Number (NZBN) and the associated delivery of benefits to businesses. In May 2016, Cabinet agreed to the text of Cabinet Directive (via Cabinet Circular) to specified departments and a Ministerial Direction to specified Crown entities under the Crown Entities Act 2004 setting out requirements and timeframes for state sector implementation of the NZBN.

View the Cabinet paper [PDF 274KB].

Cabinet Circular issued to Departments

View the Cabinet Circular issued to departments on 25 May 2016 on Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) website [PDF 67KB].

Ministerial direction to Crown Entities

The Ministers of State Services and Finance tabled the direction to Crown entities in the House on 26 May 2016.

View the notification to Crown entities [PDF 403KB] and the signed direction [PDF 789KB]. Further information about directions to Crown entities to support a whole of government approach are available to view on State Services Commission website.

The direction comes into force on 8 July 2016.


Please contact the NZBN Programme with any questions about the Cabinet Circular or Ministerial Direction.


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