Making it easier to have a safer workplace

As a business in the healthcare and social assistance sector you know how important it is to have a healthy and safe workplace.

We’re launching a trial to test the value and effectiveness of working together to lower the cost of making a health and safety improvement. If we’ve sent you a link to this page, we’ve selected your business to take part.

On this page

    Why we’re doing this trial

    Too many New Zealanders continue to be injured or killed at work. That’s why we have a target of reducing serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace by at least 25%, by 2020.

    Businesses we’ve talked to told us costs and lack of information can sometimes get in the way of making health and safety improvements.

    This trial will help us understand how effective this new approach could be, on a small, controlled scale. Key learnings from the trial will tell us how practical and effective this approach would be across New Zealand.

    Helping to pay your aid equipment costs

    Aid equipment, such as transfer belts and mobile hoists, can help reduce the risk of injury to your staff when they’re moving and handling people.

    We’ll help you to have a healthier and safer workplace by contributing to the cost of aid equipment for your business.

    Once you take part in the trial, we’ll formally acknowledge your business’ participation and commitment to improving workplace safety.

    Our contribution

    We’ll pay 50% of the costs, up to a maximum amount depending on the size of your business.

    Business size

    Business size definition

    Our contribution maximum*


    $277K - $981K liable earnings



    $982K - $2,493K  liable earnings



    $2,494K - $5,012K liable earnings


    *Contribution maximums exclude GST

    We have different maximums because larger businesses usually have more employees moving and handling people, so they may need more equipment.


    If the cost of the purchased equipment is $1,350, our contribution for each business size would be:

    Business size

    Equipment cost

    Our contribution*





    Payment capped at maximum for this business size category




    Payment capped at 50% of cost




    Payment capped at 50% of cost

     *Contributions exclude GST

    Types of equipment we can help pay for

    You can choose the provider of the aid equipment yourself. The aid equipment you buy must be brand new and have at least one year warranty.

    Have a look at the range of equipment we’ll contribute to:

    Type of equipment

    Description and common use

    Transfer belt

    (handling belt, gait belt, walking belt)

    A belt placed around a person’s waist during several types of transfer and for assisted walking for rehabilitation. There are multiple types of belt.

    Transfer board

    (PAT slide, slide board, banana board)

    A full‑body‑length board made from wood or plastic, used to bridge gaps for person transfers from one surface to another, such as from a stretcher or wheelchair to a bed. Smaller transfer boards can also be used for lateral, seated‑to seated transfers.

    Mobile hoist

    (floor hoist, floor lift, mechanical lift, portable hoist)

    A hoist with wheels that can be moved along the floor – used for lifting a person inside a sling or on a stretcher designed for use with hoists.

    Standing hoist

    (sit to stand hoist, standing lift, stand‑aid hoist)

    A specific type of mobile hoist designed to assist people between sitting and standing positions. Standing hoists are designed to fit under and around chairs.

    Ceiling hoist

    (overhead hoist, ceiling lift, mechanical lift, gantry hoist)

    A hoist attached to permanently mounted ceiling track that moves a person inside a sling. Gantry hoists have overhead tracks mounted on wheel frames.

    How to apply

    At the moment we can only offer this programme to a limited number of small to medium sized business customers in selected work sectors.

    To take part in the trial you need to be:

    • a small to medium business
    • in the healthcare and social assistance sector (veterinary services, parole and probationary services, optometry and optical dispensing services, and dental services are not included in the trial).

    To apply, download and complete the application form, then email it to us by 16 March 2018.

    ACC7831 Application for co-investment grant


    After we’ve received your application

    1. We’ll confirm your eligibility and send more information within three working days
    2. Then you can go ahead and buy the equipment. All we need from you is an itemised receipt by 11 May 2018
    3. We’ll transfer our contribution to your nominated bank account
    4. We’ll formally acknowledge your business’ participation and commitment to improving workplace safety
    5. To help us measure the success of the trial, we’ll ask your business to complete two surveys.

    What we’ve done and learnt so far

    With our 2020 target firmly in mind, we’ve been looking at how we can best help our business customers have healthier and safer workplaces. We’ve conducted workshops and interviews with over 300 people around the country to understand their current realities, key needs and how we can do things better. 

    You can find out more about what we’ve learnt so far:

    Shape your ACC – Workplace safety incentives

    Contact us

    Get in touch if you have any questions about the trial. We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


    Last published: 2 March 2018