04 October 2019
[FYI request #11230 email]
Tēnā koe Anthony
Your Official Information Act request, reference: GOV-001673
Thank you for your email of 16 September 2019, asking for the following information under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act):
Please supply information that allows:
1. Government to obtain money from the ACC Fund that doesn't have a financial return of
2. Government to obtain money from the ACC fund that has a financial return of Interest/Dividends
3. For the period National was in power pre this Labour term, how much did National obtain from
the ACC fund that was not bearing of interest
4. For the period National was in power pre this Labour term, how much did National obtain from
the ACC fund that was bearing of interest
5. Of total monies obtained from the ACC fund by the National Government, what total is stil
6. For the period Labour has been in power, how much has Labour obtained from the ACC fund that
is not bearing of interest
7. For the period Labour has been in power, how much has Labour obtained from the ACC fund that
is bearing of interest
8. Who authorises such payments to Government
How ACC is funded
The money ACC collects to pay for injury related costs goes into one of five accounts:
• The Work Account which covers injuries at work. This is funded by the Work levy that employers
and self-employed working in New Zealand pay.
• The Earners account which covers non-work personal injuries for employed people (not
including motor-vehicle injuries). This is funded by the Earners’ levy, which is a flat rate paid by
all employees and self-employed on their earnings.
• The Motor Vehicle Account which covers injuries on public roads involving a moving vehicle.
This is funded by the Motor Vehicle levy, which is comprised of a petrol levy and a portion of
your vehicle licence (registration) fee. Non-petrol vehicles pay the whole levy through the
• The Non-Earners’ Account which covers people who are injured and don’t pay levies, for
example, children or beneficiaries. This is funded by the government through general tax.
• The Treatment Injury Account which covers people with injuries caused by, or during, medical
treatment. This is funded by both the Earners’ and Non-Earners’ Account depending on whether
the person is employed.
The money that sits in each of these accounts can only be used for the purposes outlined for each
account under section 166 of the Accident Compensation Act 2001 (the AC Act). How the funds in each
account are sourced and applied is it set out in legislation.
The Government can take money from the Non-Earners’ Account
The Government can take money from ACC’s accounts in accordance with the AC Act. Section 227 of the
AC Act provides the application and source of funds for the Non-Earners’ Account, including that the
funds for the account are to come from the Government. Section 227 also states under 227(4) that the
Minister for ACC may direct ACC to repay the Government any surplus funds held in the Non-Earners’
Account. Further information on this can be found through
As the AC Act is available to view publicly online, we have not reproduced it here. This decision is made
under section 18(d) of the Act.
The Government has not obtained money from ACC’s accounts
The governments named in your request did not obtain any money from ACC’s accounts and as such
there are no funds outstanding.
We are therefore declining this part of your request as the information does not exist. This decision is
made under section 18(e) of the Act.
How you can get in touch
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
Accident Compensation Corporation
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