This website uses technical and assimilated cookies as well as user-profiling third party cookies in a grouped format to simplify online navigation and to protect the use of services. To find out more or to refuse consent to the use of one or any of the cookies, click here. Closing this banner, browsing this page or clicking on anything will be taken as consent to the use of cookies.


Order of Malta Australia


PLEASE HELP – Health & humanitarian crisis in Timor-Leste following devastating floods


Intense rain and storms have resulted in devastating flooding in Timor-Leste. The streets of the capital Dili now resemble canals and flooding and landslides has decimated villages.

As a result, thousands have had to take refuge and 27 Timorese have been reported dead, with this number expected to rise as information filters in from the remote villages that are currently cut off.

The flooding hit the country just as Dili went under an extended lockdown to deal with a spike in COVID-19 numbers. However, as people fled the flooding to take shelter with friends and family members and thousands have moved into temporary refugee centres, COVID-19 cases are expected to soar.

With building and roads destroyed, an expected surge in COVID-19 cases and limited access to clean water and food for thousands of Timorese, the flooding is only the beginning of this disaster.


  • Timor-Leste is facing health and humanitarian crisis following devastating flooding
  • COVID-19 cases are expected to surge in a country with limited medical resources
  • Remote areas will be disproportionately affected – infrastructure is damaged and they will have less access to healthcare, fresh water and food


Volunteers and staff at the Order of Malta Embassy in Timor-Leste have provided some initial aid and are evaluating needs of the communities.

The Australian Association, who is already active in Timor-Leste through the Order’s medical clinic, has committed funds to the recovery effort. However we are aware that more than this will be needed urgently to assist the country’s immediate aid effort and longer-term recovery.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to our Natural Disaster Fund to assist the Timorese people affected by this disaster in these unprecedented times.

Donations can be made using the following methods:

  • ONLINE: Using our secure Payment Portal
  • DIRECT DEPOSIT: Account: 44888 1897, BSB: 083 453 (please email, for receipting and record purposes)
  • POST: Cheques made payable to ‘The Order of Malta’ and sent to Order of Malta, PO Box 79, Caringbah, NSW 1496

Thank you for support. Together we can assist our Timorese neighbours during this devastating time.

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.