30 September 2019
[FYI request #11141 email]
Tēnā koe Anthony
Your Official Information Act request, reference: GOV-001481
I refer to your email of 04 September 2019, asking for the following information under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act):
Please supply Information/Contract copy that allows:
1. an ACC funded Clinician to Provide the ACC with Assessments whilst having a Closed Private Practice
(as of to date and earlier possible researchable time)
2. an ACC funded Clinician to Provide the ACC with Assessments whilst in the ACC being their Sole
Source of Income (as of to date and earlier possible researchable time)
Based on previous requests you have made, we understand that ‘closed private practice’ refers to
medical assessors whose private practice is closed to the general public because they provide their
services to ACC exclusively. Therefore, their sole source of income is from ACC work.
ACC contractual requirements of treatment providers are publicly available
ACC funds assessments under the Accident Compensation Act 2001 (the AC Act). This legislation sets out
the requirements that Medical Assessors must meet. In particular, sections 93 and 94 of the AC Act
specify criteria (including qualifications and experience) for medical practitioners who undertake
medical assessments. You can view ACC’s legislation at this link.
In addition to this, ACC’s contracts (Service Schedules) include conditions and requirements of
treatment providers for providing assessments and other services. Our Service Schedules can be found
on our website at this link.
As the information you are requesting (i.e. medical assessor requirements) is publicly available, we are
declining your request under section 18(d) of the OIA. Please note, there are no references (or
exclusions) in ACC’s legislation or contracts relating to the circumstances outlined in your questions.
We are happy to answer your questions
If you have any questions, you can email me at [email address].
If you are not happy with this response, you have the right to make a complaint to the Ombudsman.
Information about how to do this is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz
or by phoning 0800
Nāku iti noa, nā
Manager Official Information Act Services
Government Engagement & Support