The Australian Veterans Scholarship Timor-Leste (AVSTL) provides vocational educational scholarships for direct descendants of Timorese Veterans. The AVSTL is an initiative of Australian Veterans in solidarity with the people of Timor-Leste, contributing to Australia’s ‘Debt of Honour’.
In WW2 many Timorese gave everything they had, 60,000 lost their lives, for the survival & mission of stranded Australian soldiers. Since 1999, Australian soldiers have been provided similar hospitality, security and friendship, on operations and as returning veterans. Australian and Timorese Veterans stand united, with hope and conviction, for a future that is bright, just, and peaceful for the next generation of both our countries.
The scholarship is in partnership with the Timor-Leste Veterans Task Force and East Timor Development Agency.