Attorney-General Philip Ruddock approved the deployment under AUSASSISTPLAN-the Australian Government Overseas Disaster Assistance Plan in support of AusAid.
The team will be coordinated by Emergency Management Australia (EMA), within the Attorney-General's Department, working in close cooperation with AusAid, the Department of Health and Ageing, NSW State Emergency Management Committee and the NSW Health Department (Counter Disaster Unit) on this effort.
Mr Ruddock said it was an excellent example of different levels of government working together in times of emergencies.
The surgical-medical team is expected to comprise 27 medical professionals including three surgeons, one orthopaedic doctor, four anaesthetists, eight nurses, one paramedic, other specialist medical staff, as well as liaison officers from EMA and AusAID.
The team will leave Sydney for Yogyakarta on a commercial flight tonight.
Issued by the Attorney-General 31.05.06