No. Agencies must not grant ‘waivers’, ‘interim’ or ‘temporary’ security clearances while waiting for a recommendation from the NZSIS.

Agencies can submit urgent clearance requests. Agencies should contact the NZSIS to discuss these cases prior to sending requests.

Agency heads may authorise emergency access in exceptional circumstances. The emergency access provisions must not be used to facilitate entry or appointment into a position, or on reassignment of duties, while awaiting completion of the security vetting process.

More detail about urgent vetting requests and emergency access to protectively marked information can be found in New Zealand Government Personnel Security Management Requirements - Agency Personnel Security.