Government Commits to all EQC Inquiry Recommendations, Legislation Will Change

31 August 2020

The Government says it is committed to implementing all of the recommendations in the report from the 16-month public inquiry chaired by former Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright.

The Minister for the Earthquake Commission Grant Robertson said legislation is expected to be introduced in the middle of next year to modernise the EQC Act.

"The new Act will respond to many recommendations in the inquiry's report, providing certainty for claimants and agencies involved in responding to natural disaster."

The recommendations included a review of definitions and provisions in the EQC Act, as well as a review of the EQC cap of $150,000 (plus GST) on EQC residential building cover.

It also suggested EQC looks at its approach to claimants, including improving communication and its assessment of damage and managing repairs, along with its processes for settling claims, managing data and information, advance planning and preparedness, and dispute resolution.

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