Palms Australia is a unique independent and democratic organisation, open to the direction of its members. The board has seven directors elected by the membership. It is an agency whose legal structure is voluntary, not-for-profit and non-government.
Palms Australia maintains around 300 members from diverse backgrounds. To become a member one needs to be approved by the board and make a membership payment.
Palms Australia currently has five paid staff members in our Petersham office supported by a number of volunteers in our office, in-country and interstate.
Country Program Coordinator
Events & Executive Support
Dr Antony Faa
Senior MO, Warwick Hospital
Palms participant, PNG 2002-04
BSc; Grad Dip Ed; Grad Cert RE
Palms Assistant Director
B Soc Work; M Int Soc Dev (Dev)
Palms Australia staff 2003-06
Palms In-Country Manager,
PNG 2007-10, Samoa 2015-
Bishop, Port Pirie Diocese 1998-2007
Bishop, Darwin Diocese 2007-
Provincial Superior, Passionists Aust, NZ, PNG, Vanuatu.
VP Catholic Religious Australia
B Arts; Grad Dip Ed; M Ed (Administration)
Palms Participant, Samoa 1993-94
Palms Australia is proud to have the following patrons of our organisation.
H.E. Dr Jose Ramos Horta
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Past President and Prime Minister Timor-Leste
Deacon Gary Stone
Australian Defence Force Chaplain
Founding member Friends and Partners with East Timor
The role of patron includes, but is not limited to:
- Enhancing the status of Palms Australia by their willingness to be publically associated with the objectives and activities.
- Providing advice and counsel on general directions or specific activities of Palms Australia.
- Attending public events of Palms Australia as VIPs and from time to time, participate in significant events.
- Attending fundraising events or support fundraising activities.
Members may nominate further individuals, whom they believe would assist promote the vision and mission of Palms Australia.