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Key outcomes from the 16 November 2016 Seacare Authority meeting
The Seacare Authority met in Melbourne on 16 November 2016. The key outcomes of the meeting are set out below.
Seacare reform Bills
The Seacare Authority were informed of the progress of the package of Seacare reform Bills, which were entered into Parliament on 13 October 2016 and are currently before the Education and Employment Legislation Committee. The package of Bills:
- amends coverage for seafarers to address recent case law.
- abolishes the Seacare Authority and transfer its functions to the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (SRCC), Comcare, and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
- provides for a Seacare advisory group sub-committee of the SRCC.
- removes the current appropriation for Seacare and create powers to recover scheme and safety net fund costs through levy arrangements.
For further details on the Bills, or to make a submission to the Senate Committee (noting that submissions close on 1 December 2016), refer to the Australian Parliament website.
Seacare scheme compendium of statistics 2015-16
The Seacare Authority endorsed its 2015-16 compendium of Seacare statistics, which is now available on the Seacare website. The compendium presents an overview of the Seacare scheme and includes statistical and trend data on the scheme’s performance, complementing the information in the Seacare Annual report 2015-16.
The compendium will be published on the Seacare Authority website shortly.
New Seacare website content for psychological health and wellbeing
The Seacare website will shortly be updated to include content information on psychological health and wellbeing. The purpose of this information is to raise awareness of the role of work in psychological health and wellbeing, and provide useful resources for employers and workers to access on this matter.
This meeting was the last scheduled meeting of the Seacare Authority for 2016. On behalf of the Seacare Authority Members, we wish you a safe and happy festive season.
Please be aware that the Seacare helpdesk will be on shutdown from close of business Friday 23 December until Tuesday 3 January 2017.