What happens next?
Once the consultation has closed at 5pm on 17 May 2023, we will use the suggestions submitted, alongside the ILO’s List and Safe Work Australia’s Revised Deemed Diseases List, and any others identified, to inform proposals for additions to the list of occupational diseases.
The proposals will be provided to a group of independent researchers and medical experts. The researchers will conduct a literature review to gather the relevant causal evidence on each disease. This evidence will be provided to medical experts with epidemiological and occupational health expertise to inform their report with any recommended changes to Schedule 2.
We encourage medical experts to provide responses to this consultation. A submission will not, in itself, preclude an individual from being in the group of experts developing recommendations of additions to Schedule 2. Any conflict of interest issues will be appropriately managed during the procurement process.
As part of developing their report, the experts will use technical criteria to inform their assessment of including a disease in Schedule 2.
Experts will be expected to take a gender-sensitive approach and consideration of Aotearoa New Zealand’s population to develop these recommendations.
MBIE will then use the experts’ report, alongside policy considerations such as cost and scope of the AC Scheme, to inform advice to the Minister for ACC on any recommended changes to Schedule 2. We expect to be able to make these recommendations in mid-2023.