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Review of Seacare Code of Practice

The Seacare Authority has conducted a review of the Seacare Authority Code of Practice 1/2000 and released a revised draft Code of Practice for Health and Safety in Shipboard Work [PDF,752KB] together with a Discussion Paper [PDF,1MB] for industry comment.

The draft Code aims to provide practical guidance on how to protect the health and safety of seafarers, contractors and other persons on board prescribed ships and units to which the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 applies. It is relevant for all types of ships, including offshore support vessels.

The Seacare Authority is seeking stakeholder’s views on the following:

  • the content in the draft Code of Practice for Health and Safety in Shipboard Work, and
  • the type of information that should be included for offshore support vessels to replace the Australian Offshore Support Vessel Code of Safe Working Practice.

The Seacare Authority welcomes written submissions on the questions posed in the Discussion Paper by 25 January 2018. Submissions should be sent to the Seacare Authority Secretariat by email at, or by post at GPO Box 9905, Canberra ACT 2601.

Subject to industry views, further consultation on draft text for offshore support vessels will be undertaken in February 2018.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2018