Tag: ACC

Blood on the Coal: The Origins and Future of New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Scheme

Hazel Armstrong’s book Blood on the Coal: The origins and future of New Zealand’s Accident Compensation scheme (Trade Union History Project, Wellington, 2008) traces the development of the Accident Compensation scheme. Hazel’s book also analyses the effectiveness of the current scheme and looks at possibilities for reform.

Copies of Hazel’s book can be ordered from legal@hazelarmstronglaw.co.nz, or an online copy can be read here.

Reparation Sentences Cannot Top-Up ACC Weekly Compensation – The Supreme Court Reaffirms the Woodhouse Principles

In the recent decision of Peter Miles Davies v New Zealand Police [2009] NZSC 47 (25 May 2009), the Supreme Court has ruled that Criminal Courts are not able to make reparation sentences designed to ‘top-up’ the difference between a victim’s actual loss of earnings, and the compensation received from ACC.

By Ben Thompson


Vocational Rehabilitation and Long-Term Claims

A discussion of the challenges facing long term claimants under the current accident compensation scheme. The article advocates a client centred approach with improved retraining opportunities and better matching of claimant skills with labour market realities to achieve optimal outcomes for claimants.

By Hazel Armstrong


A New Policy for Vocational Rehabilitation

A presentation focusing on the 2008 amendments to the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act. It focuses on new incentives on employers and ACC to help older workers to recover and get back to work,to provide high quality rehabilitation, new incentives to provide for longer periods of rehabilitation, and new provisions focussing on fair compensation for injured employees.

By Hazel Armstrong