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On the 30th of April 2021, the ACC Futures Coalition held their ACC Futures Forum, ACC Re-envisaged for the 21st Century.

It was a successful day with roughly 60 participants from a wide range of background and interests around the ACC scheme. The Forum featured a range of plenary presentations from experts and advocates covering different aspect of the scheme. These covered:

  •  An address from Minister of ACC, Hon Carmel Sepuloni.
  • ACC Structure and governance in the Context of the new Public Management by Len Cook
  • Why Inequality in ACC Provisions matters by Sue Moroney
  • Addressing Inequality in ACC Provisions: Māori by Dr Dianne Wepa
  • The Immediate Changes we need by Hazel Armstrong 
  • How ACC fails the Disability Community by Dr Huhana Hickey   
  • Lessons from Australia: National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by Professor Richard Madden

This was followed by Panel discussion on Reflections on our way forward. The panel consisted of Dr Hilary Stace, Dr Michael Fletcher, Warren Forster and Wayne Butson. 

The afternoon consisted of workshops on specific topics in and around ACC. The workshops were:

  • Reforming the Accredited Employers Scheme by Fritz Drissner & Ben Thompson 
  • Medical Issues and Occupational Disease by Wattie Watson 
  • Institutional Racism and ACC by Tom Harris
  • Gender and ACC by Dr Dawn Duncan 
  • Disability and ACC by Dr Hilary Stace and Dr Andrew Dickson
  • Rights of Appeal and Legal Issues by Peter Sara and Warren Forster
  • ACC Funding and Governance by Don Rennie and Professor Susan St. John
  • Social Insurance: Other models and their implications for ACC by Craig Rennie

Following the forum, Glenn Barclay very helpfully produced the proceedings of the day, they can be found HERE

We also have published the resources from the day which can be found here

We want to thank all the presenters, both those in plenary and those in the workshops
and their employers who enabled their attendance. Particular thanks go to the

  • The organising committee of Glenn Barclay, Hazel Armstrong, Susan St. John and
    Quinn Vugler.
  • Armstrong Thompson Law for Hazel’s and Quinn’s time
  • Victoria University Law School and the Woodhouse Trust for their financial support
  • Bronte Ammundsen and the Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga
    Mahi, for IT and comms support
  • The University of Auckland Retirement Policy & Research Centre for their promotion
    of the event and for Professor Susan St. John’s time
  • The workshop rapporteurs: Quinn Vugler, Hope Farquhar, Becca Boles, Melissa

We also want to thank all the participants for attending and making it such a successful


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