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Beyond Woodhouse: Devising New Principles for Determining ACC Boundary Issues

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)915 - 936
Number of pages22
JournalVictoria University of Wellington Law Review
Volume35 (4)
DatePublished - Dec 2004


This paper argues that there is a need to identify new, mid-level principles that provide guidance as to how to draw the boundaries of New Zealand's Accident Compensation Scheme ("ACC") for as long as it remains a scheme of limited scope. The Woodhouse principles that provided its initial underpinning are not suited to this task as they point towards a universal scheme, embracing both injury and illness. The paper argues that it is necessary to adopt a principled approach to what is included in ACC and what is left outside. It concludes by suggesting that these new principles should be based on a consideration of the nature of the dual public/private responsibility for incapacity and that where the question, "is it legitimate to leave this category of incapacity to the private sphere?" is answered negatively, there is a case for extending the scope of ACC coverage, even if this means transgressing the boundary between injury and illness.

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