ACC disputes and reviews

What does it cost?

ACC is required by law to pay for the costs of providing a review.

However, people applying for a review will need to cover their own expenses for attending the hearing, such as travel, parking and accommodation. The costs for medical specialists and witness will also need to be paid by the person applying for the review.

The reviewer can decide to award the person applying for the review some money to cover the costs of making the application. The specific amounts of money that can be awarded, and the types of costs covered, are set out in the Review Costs and Appeals Regulations 2002 (as amended). If you want specific information about costs please check with your representative, or get in touch with FairWay Resolution Limited.

Costs that are covered

A reviewer can award costs for legal representation, medical reports, transport costs and other reasonable expenses associated with a hearing.

Legal Fees

If you use a lawyer or an advocate to represent you at the hearing, you are responsible for meeting their fees. However you can ask for a contribution to cover the costs, up to about $1000.

Reports

If you need to get medical reports for the hearing, you are responsible for meeting the fees. However you can ask for a contribution to cover the costs, up to about $1600.

Travel and other expenses

The reviewer can award travel costs, up to a maximum of $150. This can cover the person applying for the review, their support people and/or witnesses. Travel costs are calculated by the kilometre and there must also be receipts, so it is a good idea to record your travel in a private car, and keep receipts for other forms of transport.

The reviewer can also award costs for other expenses such as photocopying, child care, telephone charges or time away from work. Altogether, including transport costs, the maximum that can be awarded in this area is about $570.

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