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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.

During a recent review, the Seacare Authority noticed a number of cases where employers made reconsideration decisions without first seeking the assistance of a Comcare officer.

The Seacare Authority agreed—at its August meeting—to update the employer determination report forms. The report forms now include details of the voyage and vessel where the incident occurred to assist parties to determine jurisdiction at the outset of a claim.

The Seacare Annual Report 2012-13 was tabled in Parliament on 31 October 2013 and is now publicly available.

Seacare Notice 05/2013 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.

Seacare Notice 03/2013 revokes and replaces Seacare Notice 05/2012 issued on 13 June 2012. An incorrect WPI figure was used in Seacare Notice 05/2012 to calculate the indexation of sections 29(3) – 29(5). Notice 03/2013 provides the corrected figures to be used under these sections.

Seacare Notice 04/2013 provides the WPI and CPI factors to be applied in accordance with sections 23 and 23A of the Seafarers Act.

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Last updated: 30 Jan 2015