Schedule 2 lists the occupational diseases covered under the AC Act.
For an occupational disease to be included in Schedule 2, there must be strong scientific evidence of a causal link to a work-related risk, meaning any other cause is unlikely.
About the proposed review framework
Currently, the list of occupational diseases covered under the AC Act does not have a formal process for review and has not been updated since 2008.
The Government is proposing a framework to enable a regular review of Schedule 2 that would:
- Ensure the occupational diseases listed are relevant to the experiences of working New Zealanders;
- Enable it to be kept up to date with modern medical and epidemiological evidence;
- Improve claimants’ access to Work-Related Gradual Process, Disease or Infection cover.
A regular review framework could also address gaps in our understanding of how occupational diseases impact different population groups in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The feedback you provide to this consultation will help us develop advice for Ministers about a framework to enable a regular review of Schedule 2.
What we are seeking feedback on
We welcome your views on the proposed framework for regular review of Schedule 2, alternative options, and/or any other relevant points. We want to hear from individuals, claimants, businesses, occupational disease experts and any other interested parties, on the proposed framework for review of Schedule 2.
In particular, we welcome information on the costs of engaging with occupational disease experts, and suggestions of experts who may be interested in taking part in a review process.
This consultation is not reviewing which diseases should be included in Schedule 2.