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ACC grants focusing on manufacturing sector


Staff Reporter

ACC is investing NZ$22 million to help create safer workplaces in New Zealand. The workplace injury prevention grants aim to improve health and safety by developing, sharing, investing in, and implementing solutions to problems.

The five-year programme began in 2019 and now the fifth round of grants will focus on the manufacturing sector. Manufacturing is one of New Zealand’s biggest sectors, employing around 200,000 people, but it also experiences one of the highest rates of harm and injury. In 2022, injury claims in manufacturing resulted in 240,400 lost workdays.

ACC are looking for initiatives that can eliminate or significantly reduce hazards and lower injuries through Good Work Design approaches or the adoption of effective technology and/or engineered solutions.

Applications need to demonstrate how they aim to improve access, experience, and outcomes for Māori and uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles. They should also demonstrate how they will aim to improve equitable outcomes for workers at higher risk for injury and increase worker participation and representation.

Businesses don’t need to work in manufacturing, but the initiative needs to show direct benefits for the sector. Applicants can apply for between $50,000 and $500,000 (excluding GST) per year for a maximum of three years and applicants will need to co-fund at least 20%. Visit for further details.

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