Helping to buy aid equipment for your workplace

If your business is working in healthcare or social assistance, and has 6 to 99 employees, you might be eligible for a workplace injury prevention subsidy to help pay for a range of aid equipment.

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    Aid equipment costs we can contribute to

    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.

    After you've purchased the aid equipment, we’ll acknowledge your business formally. This will show your 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. See table below for details:

    Business size

    Business size definition

    Our maximum contribution*

    Small - Small/Medium

    6 to 49 employees

    $400

    Medium

    50 to 99 employees

    $1,800

    *Maximum contribution excludes GST

    The maximum contribution varies according to the size of your business, eg a medium business usually has more employees moving and handling people, so they may need more equipment than a small business.

    Example

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

    Business size

    Equipment cost

    Our contribution*

    Note

    Small - Small/Medium (6 - 49 employees)

    $1,350

    $400

    Payment capped at maximum for this business size category

    Medium (50 - 99 employees)

    $1,350

    $675

    Payment capped at 50% of cost

     *Contributions exclude GST

    Types of equipment we can contribute to

    You can choose the provider of the aid equipment yourself. The aid equipment you buy must be brand new and have at least a 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. For example, transferring from a stretcher or wheelchair to a bed. You can also use smaller transfer boards 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.

    The moving and handling people guidelines provide further information on the equipment and how to use it.

    Moving and handling people guidelines

    There are terms and conditions for redeeming this workplace injury prevention subsidy.

    Terms and conditions for workplace injury prevention subsidies

    How to find out if you're eligible

    To be eligible for this injury prevention subsidy your business must be:

    • a small to medium business with 6 to 99 employees
    • in the healthcare and social assistance industry. This excludes veterinary services, parole and probationary services, optometry and optical dispensing services, and dental services.

    Checking if you're eligible is as simple as logging into MyACC for Business. If you're eligible for this subsidy, you'll have the offer displayed on your MyACC for Business overview page.

    Log in to MyACC for Business

    If you've never used MyACC for Business, find out more about it and how to register.

    About MyACC for Business

    How to redeem your subsidy offer

    1. Log in to MyACC for Business to check you're eligible and the amount you're eligible for.
      MyACC for Business
    2. Purchase your aid equipment.
    3. Go back to MyACC for Business and upload an itemised receipt of your purchase. If you don't have a receipt, an invoice showing the item(s) and a screenshot of your bank or credit card statement showing the transaction is acceptable.
    4. If you have provided all the correct information we'll transfer our contribution to your nominated bank account.
    5. We'll formally acknowledge your business' participation and commitment to improving workplace safety.

    Contact us

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

    Email safety@acc.co.nz

    Last published: 14 February 2020