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On 11 April 2019 the Australian Government assumed a caretaker role, with an election to be held 18 May 2019.
Information on websites maintained by Comcare will be published in accordance with the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions until after the election and conclusion of the caretaker period.

HSR Handbook

The Seacare Authority's HSR Handbook was launched at the inaugural Seacare HSR Forum 2008 on 25 September 2008 in Melbourne. The handbook aims to assist health and safety representatives (HSR)s and other seafarers understand the role and responsibilities of a HSR.

The HSR Handbook (Full version) provides guidance and information on:

  • the Seacare legislative framework
  • OHS responsibilities in the Seacare jurisdiction
  • workplace OHS arrangements
  • powers and responsibilities of HSRs
  • the powers of the OHS Inspectorate.

The HSR handbook also provides:

  • a number of scenarios and related flowcharts
  • a comprehensive section on risk management (sourced from Comcare's recently approved OHS Code of Practice 2008)
  • reference information (such as relevant legislation, guidance and standards) and contact information
  • blank and completed provisional improvement notices (PIN).

This publication is available for distribution to all HSRs, interested seafarers and key operator / employer personnel and employer and employee representatives. Copies will also be distributed to those undertaking Seacare Authority accredited HSR training courses.

The HSR Handbook (Short version), which condenses the content of the full version of the handbook, would be appropriate for general distribution (such as to onboard employees).

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Last updated: 16 Oct 2017