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The Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority

The Seacare scheme is a national scheme of occupational health and safety (OHS), rehabilitation and workers’ compensation arrangements, which applies to defined seafaring employees. The Seafarers Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Authority (Seacare Authority) is responsible for overseeing the Seacare scheme.

The Seacare Authority is not a body corporate and does not employ its own staff. Under section 72A of the SRC Act Comcare must provide the Seacare Authority with secretariat support and other assistance, and to make available the services of such members of its staff as the Seacare Authority reasonably requires from time to time for the proper performance of its functions or exercise of its powers.

On behalf of the Seacare Authority, Comcare:

  • provides secretariat, policy and strategic support to the Seacare Authority, and assistance in implementing its decisions
  • administers Seacare scheme legislation and monitors the operation of such legislation
  • manages the annual appropriation for supporting the Seacare function
  • monitors, and reports on, Seacare scheme performance
  • prepares an annual report to the Parliament
  • reports to the Minister
  • liaises and communicates with Seacare scheme stakeholders and other like regulators
  • promotes the objectives of the Seacare scheme, particularly the reduction of the human and financial costs of workplace injury in the Australian maritime industry.