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Seacare Authority has granted two section 20A exemptions for a further period

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

These exemptions apply to all employees on the ships listed in the Schedules to the exemptions to the extent that such employees are brought under the scheme by virtue of Samson v Aucote and with the follow exceptions:

The exemptions do not apply to the employment of those employees:

  • who are employees for the purposes of the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 (Seafarers Act); and
  • to whose employment the Seafarers Act applies pursuant to subsection 19(1) of the Seafarers Act;

provided that the ship, on which the employees are employed, is engaged in an activity or on a voyage which either extends beyond the limits of any one State or Territory or is undertaken within a Territory.

The exemptions also do not apply to the employment of those employees:

  • who are employees for the purposes of the Seafarers Act; and
  • to whose employment the Seafarers Act applies pursuant to subsections 19(1AA), 19(1A) or 19(1C) of the Seafarers Act.

For further details on the Samson v Aucote decision, its impact on the Seacare scheme, please refer to the Scheme coverage page.

If you would like to discuss these exemptions in further detail, please contact the Seacare Helpline via email.

Last updated: 21 Apr 2017