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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.

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.

Working on a vessel can be extremely high-risk, with seafarers reportedly up to 27.8 times more likely to suffer work-related fatal injuries compared to the general shore-based workforce.

The Seacare Authority met in Canberra on 28 February 2018.

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.

In March and April 2015, the Seacare Authority issued two exemptions to all employees on ships that were brought under the scheme by virtue of Samson v Aucote. The exemptions do not impact ships that were covered under the Seafarers Act prior to the decision. These exemptions were then reissued in March and April 2017, and are due to expire on 23 March 2018 and 20 April 2018 respectively.

As indicated in the Discussion Paper on the Draft Code of Practice for Health and Safety in Shipboard Work released for comment on 22 December 2017, the Seacare Authority agreed to consider including a specific chapter on offshore support vessels in the final Code.

The Seacare Authority met in Melbourne on 30 November 2017. The key outcomes of the meeting are set out below.

The Seacare Authority endorsed the content of its 2016-17 annual report, which will be published on the Seacare website in October 2017.

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

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Last updated: 21 Mar 2016