COVID-19 information for clients
If you're injured, you'll find updates due to COVID-19 that affect you here.
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We're still here to support you
If there are any changes to the opening of our branches, there'll be a banner on the homepage. Please call before visiting. We continue to support the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.
We'll still be doing some things differently but our focus remains:
- on supporting clients in vulnerable situations
- making payments to clients
- lodging and processing new claims and maintaining existing ones.
Please call before visiting. You need to be well and have no symptoms of COVID-19 or illness if you’re visiting us in person.
Alternatively, you can use one of the options below:
If you have a dedicated ACC contact, please contact them directly.
Thank you for your understanding at this time.
Weekly compensation payments
If you can’t return to work due to your injury, your weekly compensation payments will continue as normal.
You must have an ACC medical certificate from your treating practitioner confirming that you can't work due to your injury. Providers may be able to facilitate medical certificates over the phone, ie via Telehealth messaging. Contact your provider to discuss the best way forward.
If your health provider declares you fully fit to return to work, we can't continue weekly compensation payments.
Contact your employer to discuss leave arrangements during closure or to access the Government’s Covid-19 Wage Subsidy scheme.
If you can’t get in touch with your employer, contact the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) directly.
If you're being paid weekly compensation and the wage subsidy payment, you'll need to let us know. It's treated as income, so we'll take it into account when making weekly compensation payments to you.
Contact our claims team to report any earnings or subsidy received.
If you're being paid weekly compensation, you may accept COVID-19 wage subsidy payments from your employer. We must, however, treat this subsidy as earnings and apply abatement. This means we may need to adjust the level of weekly compensation you receive from us, to take into account any subsidy you receive.
Your employer should send us details of the earnings, each time a subsidy payment is made to you:
Using MyACC for accessing support
If we’ve sent you an invitation code for our online platform MyACC, we recommend that you register now. This will give you another channel where you can apply for, and check, your weekly compensation and access other support you may need for your injury.
If you haven’t received an invitation, call or email us. We’re working on making MyACC more widely available this year.
Complaints and reviews
If you have any concerns about a decision we’ve made or the service we’ve provided, you can make a complaint or discuss your concerns with us.
Reviews will continue as normal. If there are any questions about your review, contact your Review Specialist. If you’re unsure who your Review Specialist is, you can email us.
Cover for the COVID-19 virus may be available if you're diagnosed with the virus and you meet the criteria for a work-related gradual process, disease or infection under section 30 of the Accident Compensation Act 2001.
We would need information to understand your work tasks and environment and to what extent these could have caused the illness. We would also need to understand how prevalent the disease is in the community and other possible sources for the disease, such as exposure from family or friends.
If you believe you've contracted the COVID-19 virus at work, speak to your healthcare professional for guidance.
Find more information on the injuries we cover:
For example payment assistance, transport assistance, equipment or home help. Or if you're concerned about a client in a vulnerable situation.
If you have a dedicated ACC contact, continue to phone them directly. Otherwise please call us and follow the voice prompts or email us.
Please contact your health provider if you have any questions related to your ongoing treatment.
Clients can give consent for some services to be delivered at Alert Levels 2-4 through the use of online tools, like Telehealth, where clinically appropriate. If you have questions about the ability to use Telehealth at Alert Levels 2-4, please contact your health professional to explore the options available to you.
Telehealth can be used to continue client recovery for mental health services. This now also covers:
- sensitive claims (ISSC)
- psychological services
- clinical psychiatric services
- sexual abuse assessment and treatment services (SAATs).
Assessment and therapy sessions can continue throughout COVID-19 for these services by Telehealth. This is only if you and your therapist agree that it's the right approach and that the services are consistent with what we can cover. If you have any questions related to ongoing treatment, contact your provider.
Non-acute (elective) services are likely to be carried out as normal in those parts of the nation currently at Alert Level 2.
Procedures are likely to be delayed or rescheduled for those regions at Alert Levels 3 and 4.
You should contact your surgical service if you have any questions about your procedure.
Our support for clients in vulnerable situations continues, as does making payments to clients and health providers. We’re also maintaining our lodgement and claims processes. To help you find a therapist, use the Find Support website.
A physical injury resulting from a vaccination, including the COVID-19 vaccine, may be covered if the criteria for treatment injury are met. Under ACC legislation, the injury must be clearly caused by the vaccination and must not be a necessary part or ordinary consequence of the treatment.
For example, inflammation around the site of the injection is common with vaccinations (an ordinary consequence) and is unlikely to be covered. Infections (such as cellulitis or septic arthritis) due to the vaccination, and anaphylaxis resulting in injury are not ordinary consequences and are likely to be covered.
The support we can provide would depend on a person’s circumstances and needs. This may include medical treatment, compensation for loss of wages or salary and rehabilitation to help the claimant regain independence.
Please contact your health provider if you have any questions related to your vaccination.
If you have any other non-urgent questions
Contact your usual healthcare professional for health advice, or email us for claim advice, and we’ll respond within 1-2 working days.
More COVID-19 information
Keep up to date on general COVID-19 updates on the New Zealand Government website.
Keep up to date with COVID-19 health advice and information from the Ministry of Health (MOH):
The NZ Spinal Trust has information and resources for people living with spinal cord injuries.