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Coverage refers to the application of the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 (Cth) (the Seafarers Act). This section provides general information and guidance on when the Seafarers Act applies.

The Seafarers Act was enacted in 1992 to replace the repealed Seamen’s Compensation Act 1911 (Cth). While relevant state legislation is typically used for workers' compensation and rehabilitation schemes that cover vessels operating in only one state, the Seafarers Act covers seafarers employed on certain ships engaged in trade or commerce within a territory, interstate or overseas, and on other vessels declared by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the Seacare Authority or the Minister.

There are obligations for employers and operators who come under the Seafarers Act, including holding appropriate workers’ compensation insurance at all times. Employers and operators also have a range of statutory reporting requirements. For more information about complying with your obligations under the Seafarers Act, see employer reporting. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

The Seacare Authority has published guidance material to assist relevant parties in understanding coverage arrangements. For more information or to discuss coverage further, the Seacare Authority helpdesk can be contacted on 02 6275 0070 or at Legal advice should always be sought in relation to coverage of employment on specific vessels and voyages.

Last updated: 31 Jan 2020
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