ACC puts address project on hold

ACC is reviewing other ways of meeting NZ Post standard, says IT chief

The Accident Compensation Corporation has put on hold a project to standardise all address information to New Zealand Post’s new standard.

Organisations have to meet the new standard to attract NZ Post’s bulk discounts.

Information management general manager Graeme Osborne says the project had been put on hold until June, at which point it will be reassessed.

“The decision to put the project on hold was made to create space to complete other systems projects that had a higher business priority, including legislative changes that have fixed delivery dates,” he says.

“During the feasibility stage of the project, an initial assessment was made of the address data to meet the new standard. The result was that 62% of addresses meet the standard. The majority that don’t comply are for minor reasons — for example, not having a correct post code.”

He says ACC is working with its mail house supplier to review other methods of meeting the standard.

“We are confident that ACC’s mail continues to reach recipients, which is verified each day when a small amount of undelivered letters are returned by NZ Post.”

Osborne says the corporation’s ICT service requirements have been successfully transferred from Unisys to Gen-i.

“The transfer of responsibility between the two organisations occurred early in December, one month ahead of plan,” he says.

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