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Environment and ACC Minister Nick Smith is encouraging Kiwis to take extra care while enjoying fireworks this Guy Fawkes.

“I want people to enjoy Guy Fawkes and fireworks but to do so responsibly to avoid injury, damage to property and harm to animals. I particularly want to encourage people to attend professional public displays that carry the least risk,” Dr Smith said.

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC
  • Environment

Can I acknowledge Paul Jarvie, Chairman of the Occupational Health and Safety Industry Group, and other distinguished contributors to this important conference on challenges and changes in occupational health and safety.

Today I want to talk to you about:

• ACC’s performance and financial problems over time and in recent years

• The Government’s reform programme to address these issues and improve ACC

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC

ACC levy reductions of more than half a billion dollars a year for workers and businesses have been approved with ACC declaring a healthy surplus for the last year of $3.5 billion.

“These levy reductions will save households $340 million a year and businesses $247 million a year. This is money that will go back into the pockets of hard working New Zealanders and will assist with our economic recovery,” ACC Minister Nick Smith said.

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  • ACC

ACC Minister Nick Smith today announced the appointment of respected accountant John Meehan to the ACC Board.

“John Meehan’s extensive experience in audit, risk management and governance will strengthen the eight-member Board,” Dr Smith said.

“The Board has made excellent progress in getting ACC’s finances under control. The Board and management have worked hard to improve rehabilitation rates and better control costs giving room for levy reductions. Strong financial skills are important to ensuring ongoing performance.”

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC

The Government today approved for consultation ACC levy reductions of more than half a billion dollars for workers and businesses from April next year.

ACC is proposing levy reductions for employees of 17% and employers 22% saving households $340 million a year and businesses $247 million a year.

“These significant levy reductions are good news for families and businesses and are affordable because of the prudent management of ACC’s finances,” ACC Minister Nick Smith said.

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC

There is room to reduce levies for wage earners and businesses due to ongoing improvements in ACC’s finances, ACC Minister Nick Smith told the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee at Parliament today.

“ACC is expecting a surplus for the 2010/11 year of $2.5 billion – $1.5 billion greater than ACC’s budget projection. This follows a surplus of $2.5 billion in 2009/10, and losses of $4.8 billion in 2008/09 and $2.4 billion in 2007/08,” Dr Smith said.

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC

This morning the Government is releasing a discussion document on increasing choice in workplace accident compensation.

I want to put the case and need for reform.

I want to put it into historical context of New Zealand's unique system of Accident compensation.

I want to give you the detail of how this reform can deliver safer workplaces, better rehabilitation and lower costs.

Can I acknowledge Chris Blake, Chief Executive, Department of Labour and the team from the Department that has supported this important policy work. 

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC

ACC Minister Nick Smith today released a Government discussion document on reforms to ACC saying increasing choice in workplace accident compensation will help improve safety, rehabilitation and efficiency.

“These pragmatic proposals are about putting employers at the centre of workplace injury management. We are proposing giving employers who want it a choice of workplace accident cover for their workers from either ACC or a private insurer,” Dr Smith said.

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC

Traffic lights on dangerous coastal bars are to be trialled as part of a joint injury prevention initiative from ACC, Coastguard New Zealand, Surf Life Saving New Zealand and Maritime New Zealand, ACC Minister Nick Smith announced today in Greymouth.

“Coastal bars are high risk areas in which 12 New Zealanders have drowned in the past decade.  It can be very difficult to assess how dangerous conditions can be, particularly from sea.  This initiative is about improving safety by warning boat users when a bar is at its most dangerous.” Dr Smith said.

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC

Dispute Resolution Services Limited (DRSL) is to become an independent Crown Company on 1 July 2011 as part of the Government’s reforms to improve New Zealand’s system of accident compensation, ACC Minister Nick Smith announced today at a conference on work place safety in Wellington.

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC

Improved performance by ACC in the Non-Earners’ Account has freed up $638 million of taxpayer funding over the next four years, Finance Minister Bill English and ACC Minister Nick Smith announced today.

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  • Nick Smith
  • ACC
  • Finance

“I am disappointed this matter has not been able to be resolved by the material being removed from the internet and legal proceedings being discontinued,” Dr Nick Smith said.

"I am unable to intervene as Minister because this is a matter between individuals before the court but I hope common sense prevails."
 

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC

ACC Minister Nick Smith today announced the appointments of former Commerce Commission Chair Paula Rebstock and actuary Jill Spooner to the eight-member ACC Board.

“These new three-year appointments are about ensuring there is a diverse range of skills around the board table of ACC. Paula Rebstock brings many years of experience in Government and business from her time as Chair of the Commerce Commission and Jill Spooner will provide high quality actuarial expertise,” Dr Smith said.

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC

The introduction of experience rating today is about providing stronger incentives for businesses to improve workplace safety and make ACC levies fairer, ACC Minister Nick Smith says.

“The averaged ACC levy system has meant businesses with good workplace safety have been carrying the cost of others that are less safe. This new system of experience rating is about better aligning ACC levies with risk and rewarding employers with good safety records,” Dr Smith said.

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC

ACC Minister Nick Smith today welcomed the conviction of ACC’s former national property manager Malcolm Mason on corruption and bribery charges.

“It is extremely serious when we have a senior public servant taking bribes and compromising the integrity of state purchasing,” Dr Smith said. “The victims of Mr Mason’s corruption are all New Zealanders who pay ACC levies, other businesses that missed out on work because of his corrupt acts, and public servants who do their jobs with honesty and integrity.

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC

ACC Minister Nick Smith is reassuring Christchurch employers that they won’t be penalised by ACC for injuries to their workers caused by the 22 February earthquake.

“Under ACC’s existing regulations, employers who had staff injured or killed in their workplace during the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February could have their Work Account levies increased as a result. This is unfair and that is why an exception needs to be made,” Dr Smith said.

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC
  • Earthquake Recovery

ACC is doing all it can to support the injured and those who have lost loved ones in the Christchurch earthquake, ACC Minister Nick Smith says.

  • Nick Smith
  • ACC
  • Earthquake Recovery

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  • ACC