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How to lower your ACC cost

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Health and Safety ACC  by Food Safe Ltd


Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) Workplace Safety Discount Programme 

This programme aims to reward New Zealand businesses with up to 20% off their ACC Workplace Cover levies if they have put systems in place for managing and improving workplace safety.

What are levies?

Levies are paid by businesses and employees for injury cover that is funded by the ACC Scheme. Businesses collect residual levies to pay for the ongoing costs of work injuries to earners.

How does the system work?

The Accident Compensation Scheme is divided into five parts called Accounts. Each Account covers specific groups of injuries. Funding comes from levies based on liable earnings, from motor vehicle ownership and usage, and the Government Budget.

What does this mean to businesses and what is an ACC Workplace Safety Discount?

Employers can seek discounted levies in return for taking responsibility for workplace health and safety.

How do you apply for entry into the ACC Workplace Safety Discount programme?

Complete an application form and attach related documentation evidence including evidence of appropriate experience

What happens after your application?

ACC will consider your application and the documents you have supplied, then advise whether:

  • Your application has been approved or unsuccessful, or
  • They require more information or documentation to process your application, or
  • An ACC audit is required. A random selection of applications will be selected for either a phone or an on-site audit. Selected applicants will then receive information about the audit, carried out by an ACC-approved auditor. Once the audit has been completed, ACC will inform you whether you have been successful. 

If your application is successful then the discount will be applied from the start of the tax year (1 April). 

Source: ACC 

So, how can you and your staff gain the required experience and empower employees to take on more responsibility for workplace health and safety?  

Training is critical in achieving these goals. Food Safe offers a range of Health and Safety training solutions to suit businesses. Contact us on 0800 003097 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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