They provide an introduction to each portfolio, an overview of key areas of policy, and information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The latest BIMs for all departments are found on the Briefings to Incoming Ministers(external link) section of the Beehive website.
Links to recent BIMs provided to MFAT Ministers are below.
These documents have been proactively released. Redactions made to the documents have been made consistent with the provisions of the Official Information Act 1982. Where information has been withheld, no public interest has been identified that would outweigh the reasons for withholding it.