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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    Protecting information we share

    Part 9A of the Privacy Act 1993 governs all our information sharing.

    We’ll only share personal information that can identify you if we’re using it for the reason we collected it. We need your permission to share your information for any other reason.

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

    Part 9A of the Privacy Act 1993

    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 health and safety

    We may share information if it’s necessary to protect your or others’  health and safety. For example to:

    • Fairway Resolution Limited, when preparing for review hearings
    • care providers required to visit your home as part of their work for ACC
    • medical professionals who will be meeting with you
    • the New Zealand Police.

    Fairway Resolution Limited

    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:

    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

    Phone 04 816 7400

    Last published: 12 December 2018