On 22 December 2014, the Federal Court of Australia unanimously decided in the case of Samson Maritime Pty Ltd v Noel Aucote  FCAFC 182 (Samson v Aucote), that sections 19(2)–(4) of the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 (Seafarers Act) extend the operation of the Seafarers Act.
In March and April 2015, the Seacare Authority issued two exemptions to all employees on ships that were brought under the scheme by virtue of Samson v Aucote. The exemptions do not impact ships that were covered under the Seafarers Act prior to the decision. These exemptions were then reissued in March and April 2017, and are due to expire on 23 March 2018 and 20 April 2018 respectively.
As indicated in the Discussion Paper on the Draft Code of Practice for Health and Safety in Shipboard Work released for comment on 22 December 2017, the Seacare Authority agreed to consider including a specific chapter on offshore support vessels in the final Code.