Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


ACC Reforms Deliver Huge Savings For Education


24 JUNE 1999

Education Minister Nick Smith today announced huge savings for education from the Government's ACC reforms that allow choice in the provision of workers' accident insurance.

"The savings are startling. Last year the ACC levy for schools and the Ministry of Education was $25.4 million. A contract has been concluded with MMI General Insurance (N.Z.) Limited for $5.8 million. There will be a further cost of $9 million to cover the cost of the residual tail from ACC, and a further $2.25 million for health and safety audits. The net saving to the education sector is $8.2 million per year."

Key stakeholders from the school sector were involved in the selection process including The New Zealand School Trustees Association, PPTA, NZEI, New Zealand Food and Service Workers Union, New Zealand Principals' Federation, New Zealand Secondary Schools Executive Officers' Association and Self Managed Payroll Schools.

"Choice in ACC is not just benefiting New Zealand businesses, but our social services. The saving equates to an additional 150 teachers, early childhood education places for 7,500 pre-schoolers or an additional 3,000 computers in schools. Decisions are yet to be made about how the savings will be reinvested in education, but children will be the winners. Why the Labour Alliance bloc wants to scrap choice in ACC has me flummoxed."

Mr Smith said the savings were possible with a far greater focus on reducing accidents, safety audits and training, and the more effective management of the rehabilitation of injured employees.

"The school sector has historically had a low accident rate and the new policy ensures the sector gets the benefit of its good safety record." ENDS

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news