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The Seacare Authority met in Canberra on 14 March 2019. The key outcomes of the meeting are set out below.

The Seacare Authority has published the exemptions granted, at the request of an employer, under section 20A of the Seafarers Act between 1 July 2018 and 31 December 2018.

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

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.

The Seacare Authority met in Perth on 21 November 2018. The key outcomes of the meeting are set out below.

The Seacare Authority has previously advised that the Minister agreed to increase the levy rate from $15 to $25 per berth.

The Seacare Authority met in Melbourne on 14 June 2018. The key outcomes of the meeting are set out below.

The Seacare Authority met in Canberra on 13 September 2018. The key outcomes of the meeting are set out below.

On 2 May 2018, the Minister for Small and Family Business, Deregulation and the Workplace, the Hon Craig Laundy MP, agreed to the Seacare Authority’s recommendation to increase the levy from $15 to $25 per berth.

Mental health workshops

As part of its commitment to promoting health, wellbeing and resilience, the Seacare Authority will be holding mental health workshops in November 2018. The workshops will aim to provide information on, and facilitate discussion around, how to support and encourage mentally healthy workplaces in the maritime industry. The workshops will be held in Perth and Melbourne in November 2018 and all Seacare scheme participants are encouraged to attend.

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Last updated: 31 Jan 2019