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Statutory rates

The Seafarers  Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 (Seafarers Act) specifies a number of compensatory benefits which are indexed periodically in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Wage Price Index (WPI) and Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings for Full Time Adults (AWOTEFA).

Indexation of benefits

Section 23 of the Seafarers Act provides for the indexation of defined compensation benefits to the CPI. Additionally, section 23A of the Seafarers Act provides for the indexation of death compensation entitlements by reference to the WPI.

The statutory amounts payable from 1 July 2016 are:

Rates subject to section 23A

Subsection of Seafarers Act Nature of benefit Rate at 1 July 2016 Indexation factor
29(3) Death—dependant/s wholly dependent $528,433.70 WPI—1.021
29(4) Death—dependant/s partly dependent—maximum $528,433.70
29(5) Death—dependent prescribed child—amount per week $145.32

Rates subject to section 23

Subsection of Seafarers Act Nature of benefit Rate at 1 July 2016 Indexation factor
30(2) Funeral expenses—maximum $6337.74 CPI—1.017
31(9) Incapacity—minimum per week $462.17
31(10) Incapacity—dependant prescribed person/s—additional amount $114.44
31(11) Incapacity—dependant prescribed child/children—additional amount $57.18
39(9) Permanent impairment—maximum $183,034.84
41(2)

Non-economic loss—formula amount

  • degree of permanent impairment
  • degree of non-economic loss

$34,319.05
$34,319.05

43(2) Household services—maximum per week $457.57
43(4) Attendant care services—maximum per week $457.57
44(1) Redemption of compensation ceiling—maximum per week $114.44

Previous Statutory Rates

Previous Seacare scheme statutory rates are also available.

Maximum amount of compensation after 45 weeks compensation

Subsection 31(7) of the Seafarers Act sets an upper limit on weekly incapacity compensation payments after the first 45 weeks of incapacity.

This limit is set at 150% of the AWOTEFA, as published by the Australian Statistician.

The AWOTEFA amounts and date of effect are:

Date of Effect Amount
18/08/2016$2274.00
25/02/2016$2248.95
13/08/2015 $2226.75
26/02/2015 $2214.45
14/08/2014 $2180.85
20/02/2014 $2156.55
15/08/2013 $2134.05
21/02/2013 $2089.50
16/08/2012 $2029.05
17/05/2012 $2017.80
23/02/2012 $2000.10
17/11/2011 $1983.90
18/08/2011 $1958.10
19/05/2011 $1932.15
24/02/2011 $1908.75
18/11/2010 $1889.10
19/08/2010 $1884.45
20/05/2010 $1864.65
25/02/2010 $1834.95
19/11/2009 $1802.85
13/08/2009 $1796.25
21/05/2009 $1774.65
26/02/2009 $1747.35
13/11/2008 $1717.65
14/08/2008 $1698.30
15/05/2008 $1684.95
21/02/2008 $1669.05
15/11/2007 $1655.40
16/08/2007 $1632.60
17/05/2007 $1605.60
22/02/2007 $1588.35
16/11/2006 $1576.95
17/08/2006 $1564.50
18/05/2006 $1553.85
02/03/2006 $1544.25
17/11/2005 $1533.90
18/08/2005 $1512.15
19/05/2005 $1486.80
24/02/2005 $1457.80
18/11/2004 $1440.00
19/08/2004 $1428.75
20/05/2004 $1422.00
26/02/2004 $1409.40
13/11/2003 $1397.10
14/08/2003 $1381.50
22/05/2003 $1350.60
20/02/2003 $1334.40
14/11/2002 $1318.20
15/08/2002 $1300.20
16/05/2002 $1290.75
21/02/2002 $1273.05
15/11/2001 $1257.75
16/08/2001 $1236.15
17/05/2001 $1215.90
01/03/2001 $1203.75
16/11/2000 $1197.15
17/08/2000 $1173.90
18/05/2000 $1162.50
02/03/2000 $1144.80

Rates prior to 2000, for Maximum level of benefits payable after 45 weeks.

Specified rate per kilometre

Compensation may be paid where an employee reasonably incurs expenditure for travel for medical treatment by private motor vehicle. The total distance travelled must exceed 50 kilometres.

The specified rate per kilometre, as specified by the Minister from time to time, is:

Date of effect Rate
1 July 2008 60c/km
10 March 2004 47c/km
1 July 2002 42c/km
1 July 2001 42c/km
17 January 2001 34c/km
1 July 1997 30c/km
1 July 1995 30c/km

Last updated: 24 Aug 2016