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Key outcomes from Seacare Authority 28 February 2018 meeting

The Seacare Authority met in Canberra on 28 February 2018.

The key outcomes from the meeting are set out below.

Reissue of exemptions

Following the Full Federal Court’s decision in Samson Maritime Pty Ltd v Noel Aucote [2014] FCAFC 182 (Samson v Aucote), the Seacare Authority granted two exemptions on its own motion to bring scheme coverage, as far as possible, back in line with what it was understood to be immediately prior to the Samson v Aucote decision. These exemptions were granted in March and April 2015 respectively for a period of 12 months. The exemptions were reissued in 2017, to expire in March and April 2018.

To provide certainty to the scheme, the Seacare Authority agreed to again reissue the two exemptions for a further period of 12 months.

Information on the two exemptions, as well details of how to provide feedback on the vessels to be covered by the exemptions, can be found on the Seacare website.

Mental health education campaign

The Seacare Authority agreed to undertake an education campaign in 2018 to promote mental health. It was also agreed that a Seacare mental health award would be presented in 2019. Further information on the Seacare’s mental health educational campaign and award program will be provided to the scheme throughout the year.


Last updated: 03 Apr 2018