The Government plans to introduce a range of incentives to
help business owners focus on improved safety management and
make workplaces safer.
ACC Minister Judith Collins says new motor vehicle account
levy classes for goods and service vehicles would better
reflect the risks posed by heavier trucks that would be now
levied by weight as well as fuel type.
''It's important that we recognise some forms of transport
pose higher safety risks and should attract a levy rate that
reflects that risk.''
The Workplace Safety Discount scheme of 10% reduction in
levies would also be extended to all industries.
To qualify for the discount, companies would have to
demonstrate adequate experience in health and safety systems
and complete a self-assessment-based audit, she said.
Otago-Southland Employers Association chief executive John
Scandrett said the association had long been active in the
area of health and safety improvement.
''We not only welcome this levy reduction in the Workplace
Safety Discount scheme but we are also supportive of its new
wider application to all industry groups.
''Overall, the changes announced will, we think, drive a
sharper business focus on truck operator best practice and
will also serve to promote new thinking on general in-company
health and safety awareness,'' he said.
Ms Collins said owners of light goods and services vehicles
(GSVs) had been subsidising owners of heavy GSVs by $12
million per year. The new levy rates for GSVs would be based
on a weight of more or less than 3.5 tonnes. That would mean
a small increase in levy rates for the about 111,000 heavy
trucks on the roads and a reduction in levies for the 341,000
''This is a much fairer and more accurate way to set the
Truck owners with good safety management standards would be
able to reduce their levies by meeting audited standards for
fleet management systems and performance, Ms Collins said.
The minister also announced that ACC levies would remain
unchanged for the 2013-14 financial year.
Levies were reduced in 2012-13 by $630 million, with a 22%
reduction in the work account and a 17% reduction in the
earners account. Average work account levies were now at a
There was scope for further levy reductions in the medium
term but the Government needed to have the confidence that
reductions were stable and sustainable. That had not always
been the case, Ms Collins said.
Mr Scandrett believed there was already scope for a
''While we recognise the need to viably anchor ACC's forward
operational base, and to also have the organisation thinking
about smarter and more sustainable systems overall,
businesses have been lobbying for what they feel are
justified downward levy adjustments. Many operators will be
disappointed the status quo prevails.''
As an example, there were some association members who had
adopted the view the work account levy could, and would, be
reasonably lowered from the $1.15 rate in the context to $1
per $100 of liable earnings, Mr Scandrett said.
At a glance
• ACC levy rates unchanged for the next financial year.
• Work account: $1.15 per $100 liable earnings.
• Earners account: $1.70 per $100 liable earnings.
• Motor vehicle account: $334.52 average levy per
• Incentives to improve workplace safety management.