News » ACC responds to Advocates call to comply

Press Release – 19 August 2006:   Access Support Services wishes to congratulate ACC for responding to our call and making a significant change in policy.

ACC has agreed to comply with the legislation and will now inform claimants about their right to have a representative involved when ACC prepare their rehabilitation plan. [Clause 7(1)c, Schedule 1 of the Injury Prevention Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2001]

The legislation came into effect on 19 September 2001. The intention of the 2001 Act is to create a level playing field where claimants can access comprehensive rehabilitation. This change in policy is the first step in this happening.

Access Support Services is looking forward to where we can assist claimants in accessing their entitlements at the beginning of the rehabilitation process instead of being the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.

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