The ACC Accredited Employer Programme allows the University of Otago , as an Accredited Employer, to act as an agent of ACC. Entitlements are provided under the Accident Compensation Act 2001 in relation to work-related personal injuries and illnesses caused by an accident (as defined by the Act
The programme encourages employers to take responsibility for:
- Workplace health and safety
- Injury management which includes rehabilitation
- Claims management of employees' work injuries
In doing so, the ACC Accredited Employer Programme allows the university to respond quickly to support employees suffering a personal injury caused by an accident at work. It also provides the opportunity to continually raise the level of workplace health and safety management and participation.
Who manages the programme?
The ACC Case Management Team effectively operates as an ACC branch for staff with work related personal injury or illness. Claims decisions, entitlement approval along with ensuring the provision of rehabilitation planning and support are all administered by the team.
If you disagree with any decisions that the ACC Case Management Team make then you have the right to ask for this decision to be reviewed.
The first step is to ask the University of Otago Disputes Manager, Kevin Seales , to review the decision. If you are still unhappy you have the right to ask for an external party to review the decision.
Full details of this process are available from the Health & Safety Office.
What do you need to know?
Upon joining the university, staff will be provided with an ACC Accredited Employer wallet card. If you have a work related injury or illness while employed by the University of Otago, and seek treatment from a health professional (Doctor, Physiotherapist etc) show this card to the treatment provider.
The treatment provider will then forward the relevant information directly to the university.
If you do not have a card, please contact your DHSO or the Health & Safety team
Download 'Getting help and what you need to know if you've been injured at work' (PDF format, 883KB)
Download the ACC Brochure (PDF format, 106KB)
Are the entitlements the same?
Absolutely. The University is required to meet the ACC legislation entitlement and cover provisions. As the University manages the ACC funds directly, treatment can often be organised and provided at short notice.