Registered Charity

The Australia Timor-Leste Advancement Society is a registered charity that was created to provide development assistance to communities in Timor-Leste that are disadvantaged or in poverty. 

View our ATLAS profile at the national regulator of charities, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.


 ATLAS’s purposes specifically include:

  • Establishing, monitoring and evaluating development projects within East Timor that are focused on educating local communities. 
  • Providing work skills and other assistance to enable recipients to set up a small self-sustaining business of their own. 
  • Assisting in the building and maintenance of educational facilities. 
  • Targeting assistance to specific disadvantaged groups to assist in transition into education or paid employment with the objective of those recipients becoming self-sustaining. 
  • Training in the development of skills including personal care, nutrition, drug and alcohol education, pregnancy, and similar skills. 
  • Vocational training support in areas such as hospitality, tourism, carpentry, health, mechanics, and other trade skills. 
  • Entering partnerships with local organisations that share the charity’s principal purpose of providing development assistance to communities in developing countries that are disadvantaged or in poverty. 


The ATLAS Patrons are:

  • Her Excellency Ms Inês Maria De Almeida, Ambassador to Australia
  • Sr. Josephine Mitchell RSJ. 

Board & Committee

The ATLAS Governing Board is chaired by:

  • Gerald Kenneally, Paddy’s son.

The ATLAS Governing Board members include:

  • Father Graham McIntyre
  • Greg Mills B Sc., M, Mgt
  • Paul McGrath

Our Management Committee include:

  • Volunteers who bring their expertise in fundraising, charitable projects, knowledge of the Timorese people, hard work and plenty of enthusiasm: Josephine Mitchell, Noreen Nicoara, Stephen Dillon, Rayella Haines, Susan Connelly, Janet Borg, Chris Scarf.