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Legislation

Learn about the legislation and legislative instruments which govern the Seacare scheme.

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Seafarers Act commentary

The Seafarers Act commentary can assist you to understand the Seafarers Act.

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Seacare scheme coverage

Find out about the application of the Seafarers Act.

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Exemptions from the Seafarers Act

Read about the circumstances underwhich an exemption can be sought and view current exemptions.

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Resources for health and safety representatives

Resources for HSRs including guidance on roles and responsibilities, training and the HSR registration portal.

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Health and safety representatives handbook

The health and safety representatives (HSR) handbook provides guidance and information on the roles and responsibilities of a HSR.

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Accredited courses

Health and safety representatives are required to undertake accredited training courses.

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Guidelines for the Accreditation of training courses

Find out about the guidelines for the accreditation of health and safety representative training courses

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Latest News

04 Apr 2018

On 22 December 2014, the Federal Court of Australia unanimously decided in the case of Samson Maritime Pty Ltd v Noel Aucote [2014] 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.

04 Apr 2018

Working on a vessel can be extremely high-risk, with seafarers reportedly up to 27.8 times more likely to suffer work-related fatal injuries compared to the general shore-based workforce.

03 Apr 2018

The Seacare Authority met in Canberra on 28 February 2018.

13 Mar 2018

On 22 December 2014, the Federal Court of Australia unanimously decided in the case of Samson Maritime Pty Ltd v Noel Aucote [2014] 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.

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