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FOI/2020/291 - Document 1
Cabinet Secretary 
Special Minister of State 
Manager of Government Business in the Senate 
Senator for Queensland
Reference no: B09/1640 
Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC 
Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia 
Government House 
Your Excellency 
I seek your approval of an amendment to the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (2004 
Indian Ocean Tsunami and Other Natural Disasters Relief) Determination 2007
Indian Ocean determination’). 
The Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal (HOSM) was created in 1999 to recognise 
Australians rendering humanitarian aid overseas in hazardous circumstances.  In 2005, 
new regulations extended eligibility for the HOSM so that humanitarian operations 
following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and other natural disasters could be recognised.  
The Indian Ocean determination establishes the organisations with which eligible service 
may be given to qualify for the HOSM in respect of post-tsunami humanitarian operations. 
The proposed amendment to the Indian Ocean determination would add the “Australian 
contingent to the humanitarian operation of GE Infrastructure, Water & Process 
Technologies” to the schedule of eligible organisations.  I have been briefed on the details 
of this group’s disaster relief operation in Sumatra and confirm that it meets the purpose of 
the HOSM as well as the place and time requirements for the Indian Ocean operation. 
I recommend that you approve the enclosed instrument. 
Yours sincerely 
  November 2009 
Telephone: (02) 6277 7600    Parliament House, Canberra  ACT  2600    Facsimile: (02) 6273 4541 

FOI/2020/291 - Document 2