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Report on the Seacare review released
On 20 May 2013, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten released the report of the Review of the Seacare scheme (the report).
The report sets out 67 recommendations to improve the scheme coverage, governance arrangements, work health and safety and workers’ compensation legislation and scheme costs. Included are a number of recommendations to align the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 (Seafarers Act) with the proposed changes to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 proposed by Mr Peter Hanks QC.
The report also recommends that the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993 be updated to ensure consistency with the model Work Health and Safety laws where appropriate for the maritime industry.
The report can be found on the Department of Employment website. The Department of Employment will shortly begin consultation with interested parties on the recommendations.
If you would like more information on the review, please contact The Department of Employment using the information available through the scheme review page. Alternatively, contact the Seacare Management Section on 02 6275 0070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.