Business Feedback sought regarding proposed changes to ACC levies

30 September 2016

ACC is asking New Zealand businesses to share their thoughts and ideas about incentives that encourage safer workplaces, as well as changes to ACC levies, as part of a consultation process running from 21 September to 19 October 2016.  ACC is proposing a reduction of 10 percent in work levies. It has also announced a new approach to its incentive products, necessitated through changes to the ACC Scheme’s legislation as part of the new Health & Safety reforms.  Key aspects of the new approach include new injury prevention initiatives, changes to incentives, and enhancements to the Experience Rating programme where business levies are adjusted based on their claim performance.

ACC will also remove two business incentive products in the next two years – Workplace Safety Discount (WSD) and Workplace Safety Management Practices (WSMP).  ACC’s Head of Business Customer Service Delivery, Phil Riley, says, “We’re keen to hear ideas and feedback, and work alongside businesses and WorkSafe NZ, to design solutions that encourage businesses to invest in health and safety improvements.  “In previous consultations, our customers told us that the WSD and WSMP programmes are administratively burdensome, inflexible and not tailored to their businesses. After 31 March 2017, these programmes will not accept new members, as they’ll progressively be replaced by initiatives better suited to our customers and the new Health & Safety reforms,” says Mr Riley.

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