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ACClogoThe 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 University of Otago Occupational Health team, in conjunction with Howden Care 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 Case Management Team make then you have the right to ask for this decision to be reviewed.

The first step is to speak to a member of the case management team. The team will complete and administrative review. If you are still unhappy with the outcome, the matter will be referred to a Disputes managere

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


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. The University of Otago weekly compensation for a work related claim is 100 % of your salary. The ACC weekly compensation is 80%.

For all reimbursements complete the attached form and send to

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