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Adventure tourism operators win ACC levy cuts

Adventure tourism operators win ACC levy cuts
January 28, 2013

A large number of adventure and outdoor tourism operators are looking forward to a reduction in their Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) levies following a review of their risk levels instigated by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIANZ).

An estimated 200 TIANZ member businesses around the country will see a huge reduction in their 2013/14 ACC levies, from $3.48 to $0.84 per $100 of payroll. These businesses are classified by ACC as 'Amusement and other recreation activities' (93400 classification unit).

Alpine and white water recreation operators, who currently fall into this category, are in line for a levy reduction on the same basis, from $3.48 to $2.56 per $100 of payroll. From 1st April 2013, ACC will classify these operators under a new, separate category.

The reductions come after TIANZ worked with ACC to conduct a comprehensive review of how levies were set for operators in the adventure tourism and outdoor activity sector. This involved analysis of the actual risks and several hundred historical claims made by businesses covered by the 'Amusement and other recreation activities' classification.

Welcoming the reductions, TIANZ Chief Executive Martin Snedden explains "we really appreciate ACC's willingness to work with us on this issue.

"These adjustments will make a huge difference to the profitability of many of our member businesses. It also fairly reflects the nature and level of risk of these businesses."

Shotover Canyon Swing General Manager Matt Hollyer says the levy cuts will see his business save more than $10,000 a year on ACC costs.

Hollyer stated "we really appreciate the efforts TIANZ made for us on this matter. This is a massive reduction in costs and shows the benefits of having a strong member organisation to tackle these issues on our behalf."

Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company owner and operator Sara Archdale expects to save around $6,000 a year on her ACC levies. However, she recognises that operators will need to maintain sound workplace safety and health practices to ensure the savings continue.

Archdale added "continuing a strong safety record for the sector will be crucial to ACC holding these rates into the future."

For details of the ACC changes affecting adventure tourism and outdoor activity operators, go to 2013/14 ACC Levies Cabinet minute (see point 12).

Operators can calculate their 2013/14 levies by using ACC's online calculator at www.acc.co.nz/Calculator/index.htm 

Image: Shotover Canyon Swing.

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