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Order of Malta Australia

Charitable Works

Coats for the Homeless – Australia Wide



Every day almost 20,000 Australians are sleeping rough on the streets of our towns and cities. Half of all the people who people who request accommodation from the homeless service system are turned away each day due to lack of beds. This leaves them extremely vulnerable to the cold weather.

$100 will buy three specially designed, warm shower-proof coats for people who find themselves without a home this winter.

Why a buy them a Coat?

We spent time at the Matthew Talbot Hostel in Sydney to understand the needs of the residents. As a result a three–quarter length coat, quilted and warm; shower proof; comfortable and portable, was designed with the following considerations:

    • BLACK– so to be inconspicuous in dark alleys and parks. The homeless report that their biggest fear is being assaulted.
    • SECRET INTERNAL POCKETS for their few valuables.
    • PORTABLE AND MOBILE. Our UNIQUE coat is both portable and mobile – in an emergency, the wearer simply stands up and walks (or runs) away. It is also easily worn by day in winter.


The 2019 aims to distributing 6,000 coats across Australia, free of charge, to those sleeping rough on the streets of our towns and cities.

 Please supports us. 

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.