Training courses approved under section 3 of the Seafarers Act are relevant to the definition of an employee under the Act and the operation of the Seafarers Safety Net Fund (the Fund).
Under section 4 of the Seafarers Act an employee is defined, inter alia, as a seafarer or a trainee. An industry trainee is defined as a person although ordinarily employed or engaged as a seafarer, is not so employed or engaged, but is undergoing an approved industry training course or is a person who is undergoing an approved industry training course before becoming a seafarer. An industry trainee at an approved industry training course is taken to be employed by the Fund.
By this section, industry trainees while attending an approved industry training course have access to workers’ compensation entitlements with the Fund as the liable employer.
On this basis, the Seacare Authority has approved the following training courses for the purposes of section 3 of the Seafarers Act: