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The Australian Government is proposing reforms to the Seacare scheme consistent with the recommendations of the review by Mr Robin Stewart-Crompton in 2012-13.
The Seacare Authority Annual Report 2014–15 has been published and is now available.
The Seacare Authority Corporate Plan 2015-16 is now available.
Seacare Authority has granted two section 20A exemptions by own motion following the Samson v Aucote decision
On 22 December 2014, the Federal Court of Australia unanimously decided in the case of Samson Maritime Pty Ltd v Noel Aucote  FCAFC 182 (Samson v Aucote), that sections 19(2)–(4) of the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 (Seafarers Act) extend the operation of the Seafarers Act.
Mr Barry Sherriff has been appointed as the next Chair of the Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority effective 25 March 2015, succeeding Mr David Sterrett.
This year, the Comcare Work Health and Safety Awards were combined with the Seacare Awards. Last night, at the Melbourne Town Hall, organisations and individuals operating within or providing a service for the Comcare and Seacare schemes were recognised and awarded for their achievements in workplace health and safety, rehabilitation and return to work.
Seacare Notice 01/2014 details the current ceiling on weekly incapacity payments after the first 45 weeks pursuant to subsection 31(7) of the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992.
During a recent review, the Seacare Authority noticed a number of cases where employers made reconsideration decisions without first seeking the assistance of a Comcare officer.
The Seacare Authority agreed—at its August meeting—to update the employer determination report forms. The report forms now include details of the voyage and vessel where the incident occurred to assist parties to determine jurisdiction at the outset of a claim.