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From Thursday, 18 August 2016, a new maximum amount of weekly incapacity compensation after the first 45 weeks of incapacity applies.

The Seacare Authority has, following a period of consultation, granted two exemptions for a further 12 months under section 20A of the Seafarers Act:

The Australian Government is proposing reforms to the Seacare scheme consistent with the recommendations of the review by Mr Robin Stewart-Crompton in 2012-13.

The Seacare Authority Annual Report 2014–15 has been published and is now available.

The Seacare Authority Corporate Plan 2015-16 is now available.

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.

Mr Barry Sherriff has been appointed as the next Chair of the Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority effective 25 March 2015, succeeding Mr David Sterrett.

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).

This year, the Comcare Work Health and Safety Awards were combined with the Seacare Awards. Last night, at the Melbourne Town Hall, organisations and individuals operating within or providing a service for the Comcare and Seacare schemes were recognised and awarded for their achievements in workplace health and safety, rehabilitation and return to work.

Seacare Notice 01/2014 details the current ceiling on weekly incapacity payments after the first 45 weeks pursuant to subsection 31(7) of the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992.

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Last updated: 21 Mar 2016