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Key outcomes from the 16 March 2017 Seacare Authority meeting
The Seacare Authority met in Canberra on 16 March 2017. 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  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 2016, to expire in March and April 2017.
To provide certainty to the scheme, the Seacare Authority agreed to again reissue the two exemptions for a further period of 12 months, following consultation with stakeholders.
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.
2017 occupational health and safety (OHS) priorities
The Seacare Authority has, in consultation with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), developed its joint OHS Plan for 2017 to cover priorities and programs for OHS awareness and education, OHS prevention and compliance.
In line with the priorities in the 2017 OHS Plan, the Seacare Authority is currently developing a survey to gain further insight into the experiences and views of health and safety representatives (HSRs) throughout the Seacare scheme. Further information in relation to this survey will be available on the Seacare website in upcoming weeks.