Accident Compensation Act 2001

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Reprint as at 3 March 2010

Accident Compensation Act 2001

Public Act2001 No 49
Date of assent19 September 2001
Commencementsee section 2
  • Act name: substituted, on 3 March 2010, by section 5(1)(a) of the Accident Compensation Amendment Act 2010 (2010 No 1).


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

This Act is administered by the Department of Labour.


Preliminary provision


Key terms relating to cover

Relevant dates of injury

Code of ACC Claimants' Rights

Claims process

Decisions on cover and entitlements


Responsibilities of claimant


Individual rehabilitation plan

Social rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation

Employer's duty to pay first week compensation

Weekly compensation

Incapacity for employment

Vocational independence

Interest on late payments of weekly compensation

Indexation of weekly compensation and related amounts

Indexation of other entitlements

Powers of Corporation


General provisions

Preliminary provision



Further appeals

Financial management

Work Account

Accredited employers

Purchase of weekly compensation by shareholder-employees

Residual Claims Account


194 Rate of levy [Repealed]

Self-Employed Work Account


203 Rate of levies [Repealed]

Purchase of weekly compensation by self-employed persons

Motor Vehicle Account

Earners' Account

Purchase of weekly compensation for periods outside employment

Non-Earners' Account

Treatment Injury Account

General levy provisions

General administration

Recovery of payments

Relationship with social security benefits

Limitation period and other matters

The Corporation

Provisions relating to accountability of Corporation

Reporting requirements

Information collection

Disclosure of information

Information about work-related injuries

Purchase agreements

Situations where previous insurer involved

Effect of Act and public interest

Public health acute services

Joint purchasing arrangements

Special leave for non-work injuries

General notification provision

Offences and penalties generally

Liability of directors, employees, and officers


Summary conviction

General fine

Offences relating to earner levies


Regulation-making powers

Consequential amendments, repeals, and revocations

Savings in respect of accident insurance contracts and injuries to which contracts apply

Savings in respect of other ongoing matters under 1998 Act

Savings in respect of public health acute services



Purpose of this Part

Application of this Part

Cover for personal injury suffered before 1 April 2002

First week compensation for incapacity commencing before 1 April 2002

Entitlements for personal injury suffered before 1 April 2002


Weekly compensation


Independence allowance

Lump sum compensation under former Acts

Entitlements arising from fatal injuries


Revision of decisions under former Acts

Review and appeals

Financial provisions

Accredited employers


Relationship of HSE levy and reserves portion

Transitional provisions relating to Corporation

Savings provision relating to references to premiums

Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Act 2003

Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Act (No 2) 2005

Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Act 2007

Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Compensation Amendment Act 2008

Accident Compensation Amendment Act 2010

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