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Order of Malta Australia


Order of Malta in Brisbane continues welcoming people in need through ECM


“Smiling says you’re welcome without saying nothing”.

A shy guest at the Emmanuel City Mission (ECM) sanctuary for homeless and vulnerable people confided how living on the street can be “unpredictable” and “often lonely”, so he cherishes the consistent, smiling welcome he receives from the ECM community and Order of Malta Members and Volunteers (OMV). He hopes this friendly stability may help him to “kick some demons” and reconnect with his children and their mothers.

Every day, this ECM sanctuary welcomes people in need to share free meals, essential care items and facilities, and communal conversations in a safe, clean and warm environment. As our OMV team has consistently served on scheduled Sundays for over a year, it is heartwarming and mutually enriching to feel part of this inclusive community.

We welcome new volunteers to register your expression of interest via

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.