The Organisation

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), which incorporates the General Register Office (GRO), is an executive agency within the Department of Finance (NI) and was established on 1 April 1996.

The administration of the marriage and civil partnership law in Northern Ireland is the responsibility of GRO, along with the registration of births, deaths, adoptions and gender recognition. GRO is also responsible for the maintenance of registration records and the production of certificates in relation to these events on request.

The Agency is the principal source of Official Statistics and social research on Northern Ireland. These statistics and research not only inform public policy but also academic and private sector research, and contribute to debate in the wider community. We provide our services to a wide range of Government Departments and Non-Departmental Public Bodies, as well as Local Councils to assist the policy development process and the delivery of their business objectives.

NISRA conducts the Census of Population every 10 years which every household in Northern Ireland must complete by law. It is used by central and local government, health authorities and other organisations to plan and provide future services. The latest Census took place in March 2021.


We aspire to:

  • be the go-to organisation for an accurate and insightful account of life in Northern Ireland, informing decision making and recognising our people are our strength;
  • provide comprehensive registration and genealogy services that give our customers what they need; and
  • be motivated and valued people doing excellent work together; innovating, growing, proud of our Agency and our impact.

Mission Statement

Provide citizens and decision makers with trusted insight on life in Northern Ireland.

Corporate Plan 2019-24

The NISRA Corporate Plan sets out the Agency’s high level objectives and how these will be delivered. It is set within the context of the Northern Ireland Executive’s Programme for Government and the DoF Corporate Plan.

NISRA Corporate Plan 2019-24

Business Plan

NISRA’s operational business plans are one year standalone plans. These draw on the strategic themes set out in the NISRA Corporate Plan and are developed in the context of the current Programme for Government.

NISRA Business Planning

Annual Report and Accounts

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) Annual Report and Accounts for the financial year.

NISRA Annual Reports and Accounts

NISRA Framework Document

The purpose of the Framework Document is to set down relationships between the Minister, the Agency and its parent Department, the Department of Finance (DoF).

NISRA Framework Document

Most recent documents