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Sharing your personal and health information

We may need to share your personal and health information with third parties. We'll only share your information subject to legislation.

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    How we share information and keep it safe

    The Privacy Act 1993 and Health Information Privacy Code 1994 govern all our information sharing.

    We’ll share personal information that can identify you only if we’re using it for the reason we collected it, if you’ve given your authorisation or where there is another legal justification or obligation, such as a court production order or a serious threat to safety.

    We’ll support anyone we share information with to help them protect it to the same standard as we do.

    Health Information Privacy Code 1994

    Sharing information with your employer

    If your claim is about an injury that happened at work, we’ll tell your employer:

    • the date of your injury
    • how the injury happened
    • details of your injury, as described on your claim form.

    We send this information to the employer named on your claim form.

    We’ll also tell your employer if we accept cover for your work-related personal injury. Employers can review this decision. See:

    Section 64(2) of the Accident Compensation Act 2001

    Sharing information for research and data use

    We’ll need permission from you and our Ethics Committee to use your personal and health information for:

    • research
    • forecasting analysis
    • training our staff
    • testing our systems.

    Sharing your information with other government agencies

    We share information with government agencies, including:

    • District Health Boards
    • Inland Revenue
    • the Department of Corrections
    • the Ministry of Health
    • the Ministry of Social Development
    • the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

    Relevant legislation:

    Section 246 of the Accident Compensation Act 2001
    Sections 280 to 285 of the Accident Compensation Act 2001
    Section 286 of the Accident Compensation Act 2001

    Sharing your information for wellbeing

    We may share information with another organisation to protect your wellbeing or the wellbeing of others.

    For example:

    • Independent reviewers if you’ve applied for a review
    • care providers required to visit your home to support you
    • medical professionals involved in your treatment
    • the New Zealand Police.

    Relevant legislation:

    Sections 197 to 200 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
    Section 6, Principle 11(f) of the Privacy Act 1993

    Contact us

    For more information about privacy contact our Information Centre:

    Email information@acc.co.nz
    Phone 04 816 7400

    If you have a question or concern about privacy, contact:

    The Privacy Officer
    Accident Compensation Corporation
    PO Box 242
    Wellington 6011

    Email Privacy.Officer@acc.co.nz
    Phone 04 816 7400

    Last published: 29 November 2019