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List of all injury prevention projects, programmes and 'one off' funding allocations by ACC during the 2018/19 financial year

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From: Julie Chambers

Dear Accident Compensation Corporation,

Please provide a list of all projects, programmes and 'one off' funding allocations ACC budgeted to be provided for the purpose of injury prevention activity, separately for each of the following financial years - the 2016/17 year; and the 2017/18 year; and the 2018/19 year.

For each of these programmes, projects or fund allocations please identify, separately for each of the financial years, the:

a) Identifier, that is, name used as the reference for the programme, project or fund allocation;
b) Total sum of funding allocated by ACC for each of these, during each financial year.
c) The names of all, or any government organisations (including ministries, departments, crown entities, and crown owned companies) to be in receipt of all, or any of this funding for each of these programmes, projects or fund allocations.
d) the names of all, or any other organisations (including non-government agencies, organisations, and or private companies) to be in receipt of all, or any of this funding for each of these programmes, projects or fund allocations.

Please provide these reports electronically as a preference.

Please note that under s16(2) of the Official Information Act, my preferred way of receiving a response is by email to the address from which ACC received the original request, not by post.

Yours faithfully,

Julie Chambers

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Accident Compensation Corporation

Kia ora Julie,

Thank you for your email of 22 November, asking for the following
information under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act):

1. A list of all projects, programmes and 'one off' funding allocations
ACC budgeted to be provided for the purpose of injury prevention activity,
separately for each of the following financial years - the 2016/17
year; and the 2017/18 year; and the 2018/19 year.
2. For each of these programmes, projects or fund allocations please
identify, separately for each of the financial years, the:
a) Identifier, that is, name used as the reference for the programme,
project or fund allocation;
b) Total sum of funding allocated by ACC for each of these, during each
financial year.
c) The names of all, or any government organisations (including
ministries, departments, crown entities, and crown owned companies) to be
in receipt of all, or any of this funding for each of these programmes,
projects or fund allocations.
d) the names of all, or any other organisations (including non-government
agencies, organisations, and or private companies) to be in receipt of
all, or any of this funding for each of these programmes, projects or fund
allocations.
Consideration of your request
We have recently been able to extract the requested data allowing us to
thoroughly consider the size and scope of your request.
The information you have requested includes more than 100 ACC injury
prevention programmes with funding provided to more than 800 organisations
involved in the provision of these programmes.

As the requested information pertains to parties other than ACC, we are
required to consult with each party whose information would be released.
Because in this instance there is a substantial number of parties we need
to obtain the relevant contact information for we are considering whether
this request should be refined, extended or declined in part. The
Christmas period is not included in the legislated working timeframe for
OIA requests and therefore early indications of an extension timeframe
would sit around the eight-week mark.

Options
We have considered the options available which would allow us to provide
information to you We ask that you consider whether any of the below
options would be suitable to you and if you’d agree to refine your request
in line with these:
 
1. We can provide a list of all injury prevention programmes, the
allocated funding of each over the specified years and their identifier
codes, satisfying parts 1, 2(a) & 2(b) of your request;
2. We can provide a list of all injury prevention programmes, the
allocated funding of each over the specified years, their identifier codes
and the individual payments made with the organisation names either
redacted or anonymised, satisfying parts 1,2(a) & 2(b) of your request in
full, and parts 2(c) and 2(d) in part; or
3. You may wish to suggest another form of refinement which would be
suitable to you.

If none of the above options are suitable to you, we will continue to work
on your request and notify you of our decision, on or before Friday 20
December 2019 (20 working days from the date of your request) as required
under the Act.
 
I look forward to your response.

Kind Regards
Sasha Wood
Acting Manager Official Information Act Services
Government Engagement & Support

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From: Julie Chambers

Dear Accident Compensation Corporation (Sasha Wood) ,

Thank you for your reply cited below - You state that:
"The information you have requested includes more than 100 ACC injury
prevention programmes with funding provided to more than 800 organisations
involved in the provision of these programmes..."

You have offered a reply which will exclude the identification of those organisations to whom ACC has provided funding,on the basis that -

" As the requested information pertains to parties other than ACC, we are
required to consult with each party whose information would be released..."

Please can you identify the exact section, clause or words of legislation that requires ACC to consult the crown organisations, companies (public and private), incorporated societies, charitable trusts, trusts and other non-private persons to whom ACC has provided monies (in return for injury prevention services), before identifying those organisations as recipients of ACC funding and releasing this as part of the response to my request?

If this reference is not available, please proceed as requested.

For payments of ACC monies made in circumstances where ACC has provided funding to private persons (for injury prevention programmes), then the redaction of the name of that private person is acceptable, where this is accompanied by all other information (as requested and offered) in regards to that payment (as per point 2 of your reply). Thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Julie Chambers

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Accident Compensation Corporation

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Thank you for contacting ACC; this is an automatic reply to confirm we
have received your email.

 

Depending on the nature of your request you may not receive an official
response for up to 20 working days. We will try to respond your query as
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January the following year don't count as working days if you are
requesting official information. For more information please see the
Ombudsman OIA response calculator at:
[5]https://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/.

·         Government Services will be closed between Christmas Day and 5
January 2020.

 

 

Ngā mihi

 

OIA Services Team

       
OIA Services, ACC

Tel. 0800 101 996
ACC / OIA Services 2385 / Justice Centre - Level 7  
PO Box 242 / Wellington 6011 / New Zealand / [6]www.acc.co.nz

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Accident Compensation Corporation

Kia ora Julie,

Thank you for your response regarding our request to refine the scope of
your OIA.

The OIA permits agencies to complete consultation, including allowing the
extension of timeframes under Section 15A(1)(b) when necessary to make a
decision on the request.

The Ombudsman’s
([1]https://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/reso...)
guide states that agencies should consider if consultation is necessary
and appropriate in the circumstances of a particular case, specifically
considering if the information at issue:

* Is about a third party;
* Was supplied by a third party; or
* Could adversely affect a third party if released eg, impact on their
privacy or lead to harassment, risk their safety, breach an obligation
of confidence, or prejudice their commercial position.

Considering the above, ACC believes we should provide the third parties
the opportunity to comment on the financial information we propose to
release. We therefore again request that you consider refining your
request, and advise us your decision by 5pm Friday 13 December.
Kind Regards

Sasha Wood
Acting Manager, OIA Services
Government Engagement & Support
 

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From: Julie Chambers

Dear ACC,

1. My OIA request was to receive a list of all projects, programmes and 'one off' funding allocations ACC budgeted for injury prevention activities, for each of the financial years - 2016/17; 2017/18; 2018/19. This included the names of organisations to be funded and the amount of funding allocated to each.

2. You replied: “The information you have requested includes more than 100 ACC injury prevention programmes with funding provided to more than 800 organisations. As the information pertains to parties other than ACC, we are required to consult with each party whose information would be released...” Bold emphasis is mine.

3. You suggested I modify my request, offering several options.

4. I responded by requesting reference to legislation which requires ACC to consult third parties prior to releasing information requested under the OIA Act.

5. You referred to an Ombudsman’s Guide and explained that before responding to an Official Information Act request which releases information about a third party, ACC must consider whether consultation with that third party is appropriate.

6. In contrast, the Ombudsman Guide states, “Consultation with third parties on an OIA request is permitted, but not required under the OIA” .

7. The Ombudsman’s Guide states that consideration should be to consultation given when, if released to the public, any information might “lead to harassment, risk their safety, breach an obligation of confidence, or prejudice their commercial position”. You stated, “Considering the above, ACC believes we should provide the third parties the opportunity to comment on the financial information we propose to release.”

8. ACC’s decision to withhold the names of organisations on this basis of this perplexing because;

a. First, a portion of the 800 organisations are state sector organisations, to whom the OIA applies. Yet you claim a requirement to consult them due to their vulnerability.

b. Second, as evidenced by the frequent display of ACC logos in the community, service providers appear proud to advertise their association with ACC, and their obvious receipt of public funding from it.

c. Third, many ACC provider contracts permit and require the identification of ACC as a funder.

d. Finally, it is not simply credible for ACC to claim the issues outlined by the Ombudsman (such as this will pose a risk to safety or prejudice a commercial position) would result from releasing information about the payment of public money to public sector organisations, incorporated societies, charitable trusts or businesses so they can deliver public health (injury prevention) programmes.

9. In summary, as ACC, you are claiming it is necessary to withhold the names of all organisations funded to deliver injury prevention interventions because, you claim, consultation is required for all 800 organisations, because in ACC's judgement, the release of this information might be adverse to all of those organisations.

10. Please be advised my request stands as originally submitted.

11. However, I invite ACC to look at the names of the organisations on the list (as you have previously said you have) and redact the names of any parties you believe will experience any of the various negative consequences outlined by the Ombudsman’s Guide, should the public be advised that particular organisation was (or are) in receipt of ACC funding for injury prevention services. Thank you.

Yours sincerely,
Julie Chambers

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Accident Compensation Corporation

Kia ora

 

Thank you for contacting ACC; this is an automatic reply to confirm we
have received your email.

 

Depending on the nature of your request you may not receive an official
response for up to 20 working days. We will try to respond your query as
quickly as possible.

 

Our [1]website provides up to date news and information about our work.
You can also follow us on [2]Facebook and [3]Twitter. Further information
about how to contact us is also available [4]here.

 

Summer holidays information:

·         Please note, the three weeks between Christmas Day and 15
January the following year don't count as working days if you are
requesting official information. For more information please see the
Ombudsman OIA response calculator at:
[5]https://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/.

·         Government Services will be closed between Christmas Day and 5
January 2020.

 

 

Ngā mihi

 

OIA Services Team

       
OIA Services, ACC

Tel. 0800 101 996
ACC / OIA Services 2385 / Justice Centre - Level 7  
PO Box 242 / Wellington 6011 / New Zealand / [6]www.acc.co.nz

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