Accident Compensation in New Zealand: Looking Back and Looking Forward

16 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2012 Last revised: 13 Jul 2015

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This article reflects the author’s personal experience with the development of accident compensation policy and his involvement with Sir Owen Woodhouse, chair of the Woodhouse Commission which recommended the New Zealand scheme. Reflections are made concerning the uniqueness of the New Zealand scheme in the common law world. Attention is drawn to the challenge that accident compensation posed at its inception and still poses for the “income maintenance” systems as a whole. It is argued that future policy requires the inequalities that now characterize “income maintenance” in New Zealand and that result from accident compensation be addressed. Some analysis is also offered to show that costs will increase should the administration of accident compensation return to private enterprise.

Keywords: accident compensation, ACC, accident compensation scheme, Woodhouse Report, New Zealand, income maintenance, privatisation

JEL Classification: K19, K32

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, Accident Compensation in New Zealand: Looking Back and Looking Forward (2008). New Zealand Law Review, Vol. 81, 2008; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper Series Palmer Paper No. 80/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2187612

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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