ACC needs to be a fair system that is there for all New Zealanders to get help when they need it.
A publicly owned ACC should ensure world-class treatment, rehabilitation, and compensation for all New Zealanders, promoting quality of life and ethical investment.
ACC should remain publicly owned
- Pay-as-you-go funding with a mix of general taxation and predictable levies should encourage the best possible outcomes for clients, not the best financial outcome for ACC.
- ACC’s focus on injury prevention should be strengthened and coordinated with other preventative health programmes.
ACC should aim to restore quality of life
- Rehabilitation to the greatest extent practicable should be the priority, helping claimants return to their pre-injury life as much as possible.
- Compensation must fairly reflect earning capacity and enable quality of life, with fair assessments made for temporary and seasonal workers.
- Compensation should be treated the same way as other income for the purposes of income-tested benefits.
Coverage should be broad and comprehensive
- Physical, mental injuries should be covered, as well as injuries that worsen pre-existing conditions.
- Injuries and illnesses due to overuse of harmful chemicals in the workplace, occupational overuse injuries, and injuries or illnesses as a result of medical treatment should be covered.
ACC must be client-focused and accountable to the public
- ACC should be open and involve its clients in decision-making, including choosing assessors and specialists.
- We support creating an independent ACC Ombudsman to deal with complaints and investigations.
- We would develop a nationwide network of skilled claimant advocates to ensure that claimants receive their entitlements.
ACC should invest ethically, moving away from a profit-based insurance model
- ACC should not invest in enterprises that increase rates of injury, illness or that have adverse social or environmental effects. This includes not investing in weapons and fossil fuels.