Making it easier to have a safer workplace

As a business in the construction 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.

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    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 inform the viability and effectiveness of rolling out this approach across New Zealand.

    Helping to pay your training costs

    A recent study shows that effective training of staff can significantly improve health and safety.

    We’ll help you educate your employees by paying towards sending them to Construction Safety Council (CSC) ‘Managing Safely’ training. This course is designed to develop their risk management and employee engagement skills.

    Find out more about the CSC Managing Safely training

    After your staff complete the course, we’ll formally acknowledge your business’ participation and commitment to improving workplace safety.

    The cost of the training

    Training is $1,700 per participant, excluding GST. This price is subject to change by The Learning Wave, the training provider.

    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*


    $348K - $1,234K liable earnings



    $1,235K - $3,135K liable earnings



    $3,136K - $6,304K liable earnings


    *Contribution maximums exclude GST

    We have different maximums because larger businesses usually have more employees, so it's likely they’ll need to train more staff.


    For example, if the cost of training one person is $1,700 and you book two staff in for the training, the cost to your business is $3,400. Our contribution for each business size would be:

    Business size

    Cost for two participants*

    Our contribution to you *





    Payment capped at maximum for this business size




    Payment capped at 50% of cost




    Payment capped at 50% of cost

    *Costs and contributions exclude GST

    About the CSC Managing Safely training

    The Construction Safety Council endorses the CSC Managing Safely course as the sector standard for supervisor and manager training. The Learning Wave provides the training. Other businesses that have taken part include the New Zealand Transport Association and Auckland Transport.

    The goal of the training is to educate participants and set a common standard for health and safety in the construction industry.

    Staff will attend a one-day training session, once a week for three consecutive weeks. They’ll also need to complete:

    • two e-learning modules
    • a practical assessment
    • a theory assessment.

    Participants must successfully complete both the e-learning modules and assessments to complete the programme.

    How to apply

    At the moment we're offering this trial 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 construction sector.

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

    ACC7832 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 book the training with The Learning Wave. All we need from you is an itemised receipt, including the participants’ names, 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. The training provider will also acknowledge the participating staff when they complete the course 
    5. To help us measure the success of the trial, we’ll ask your business to complete two surveys.

    What we’ve done and learned 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 learned 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