The Accident Compensation Act 2001 (AC Act) and related regulations is the legislation – or law – ACC operates under. Other pieces of legislation also impact on how we operate, including the Privacy Act 1993 and the Official Information Act 1982. Please note that while we now use the word ‘client’ to refer to the injured people we help, the legislation uses ‘claimant’.

History of the AC Act

The Accident Compensation Act 2001 was formerly called the Injury Prevention, Rehabilitation and Compensation (IPRC) Act 2001. It was passed by Parliament in September 2001 and came into effect on 1 April 2002. In March 2010 the name of the legislation was confirmed as the Accident Compensation Act.

The AC Act took over from the five earlier pieces of ACC legislation (see repealed legislation below), although the repealed legislation can still apply in some situations.

The IPRC Act (Code of ACC Claimants’ Rights) Notice 2002 and other regulations (including those relating to treatment costs) were also made under the AC Act.

About the AC Act

The summary will help you understand the laws governing:

  • injury prevention
  • rehabilitation
  • the Code of ACC Claimants’ Rights
  • other entitlements our clients may be eligible for, such as lump sum compensation and weekly compensation.

About the Accident Compensation Act 2001.

AC Regulations

Regulations are laws made under the AC Act 2001. The page linked to below outlines regulations for the following groups:

  • clients
  • health providers
  • levy payers.

Regulations – Accident Compensation Act 2001.

Access the AC Act and Regulations

There are two ways for you to access this legislation:

Find the part of the AC Act relevant to you

The AC Act is a long piece of legislation that is separated into Parts. You may want to read through this summary to find the Part relevant to you.

Access Parts: Accident Compensation Act 2001.

Repealed legislation


Repealed legislation refers to laws that have been replaced by new laws. The old laws may still apply to you if you were injured during the time these laws were still in effect.

Look at Part 11 of the AC Act if your injury occurred before it came into effect on 1 April 2002. This part of the Act describes how current and repealed legislation work together for people injured before April 2002.

Accident Compensation Act 2001:

Part 11: Transitional provisions relating to entitlements provided by Corporation (but not under Part 10) (external link).

You can access old versions of ACC-related legislation:

The Accident Compensation Act 1972 – Repealed (external)

Accident Compensation Act 1982 – Repealed (external link)

Accident Rehabilitation and Compensation Insurance Act 1992 – Repealed (external link)

Accident Insurance Act 1998 – Repealed (external link)

Accident Insurance (Transitional Provisions) Act 2000 – Repealed (external link).

Official Information Act 1982 and Privacy Act 1993

Official Information Act 1982

This Act governs how public organisations like us must deal with official information. The phrase ‘official information’ is defined in section 2 of the OI Act 1982.

Official Information Act 1982 (external link).

Privacy Act 1993

The Privacy Act 1993 governs how organisations such as ACC are required to deal with your personal information. It covers:

  • how we collect, store and dispose of information
  • how and to whom we give access to information
  • your right to access your information and correct it.

This applies to all situations where we:

  • collect information from you about yourself
  • collect information about you from others
  • provide information about you to others
  • use information about you for our processes and procedures.

Privacy Act 1993 (external link).

Updated: 24 February 2015

Reviewed: 24 February 2015