Tim Wilson is one of Australia’s most challenging and thought-provoking opinion leaders. Drawing on strong philosophical principles, he leads debates backed up with evidence while maintaining a real-world pragmatism. Passionate. Fearless. He’s not afraid to stand up and offer an optimistic solutions-focused perspective on local and international issues that gets people engaging and talking.
In early 2014 Tim was appointed Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner. During his term he worked with government to reform laws to stop terrorism while preserving civil liberties, improving economic opportunities for indigenous Australians and defending marginalised communities from public harassment while protecting free speech and religious freedom.
In early 2016 Tim resigned as Commissioner to seek Liberal Party preselection for the electorate of Goldstein covering Bayside Melbourne. In March he was endorsed for the 2016 Federal election and was subsequently elected to the House of Representatives on July 2.
Tim previously ran his own boutique consulting business exporting services across the world, worked in trade and environment policy for a free market think tank, international development across South-East Asia, politics and the media, and on the boards of some of Australia’s largest public institutions.
His first three jobs were delivering newspapers, carrying timber around building sites and as a waiter at a reception centre.
Tim was twice-elected Student President at University, was recognised by The Australian newspaper as one of the ten emerging leaders of Australian society, and a recipient of an Australian Leadership Award.
Tim has a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, and has completed executive education at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Development in Geneva and the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Worldwide Academy.
- 1991 – 1994, Delivered the Mornington Leader
- 1993 – 1995, Carried timber around work sites for Dad’s fence building business in school holidays
- 1995 – 1999, Waiter, Cobblestone Manor
- 1999 – 2001, Electorate Officer, Parliament of Victoria
- 2001, Vice President, Monash University Student Union
- 2002 & 2003, President, Monash University Student Union
- 2002 – 2005, Board Member, Monyx
- 2005, Member, Monash University Council
- 2004 – 2006, Project Manager (Development), Australian APEC Study Centre
- 2006, Trade Consultant, ITS Global
- 2007 – 2010, Senior Associate, SDA Strategic communications
- 2007 – 2013, Policy Director, Institute of Public Affairs
- 2011 – 2014, Community member, Nursing & Midwifery Board, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- 2011 – 2014, Board Member, Alfred Health
- 2014 – 2016, Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner
- 2007 – 2014 & 2016, Principal consultant, Dynamic Sunrise consulting
- 2016, Federal Liberal Member for Goldstein
- Recognised as one of Australia’s 2016 men of influence by Men’s Style magazine.
- Invited delegate to the Australia/UK/Israel 2015 Leadership Dialogue.
- News and Public Affairs judge at the 2012 & 2015 TV Week Logie Awards.
- Awarded Libertarian of the Year by the Australian Libertarian Society in 2015.
- Participant in the 2013 Ramban Israel Fellowship Program run by the Australia/Israel Jewish Affairs Council.
- Inaugural graduate of Monash University’s John Bertrand leadership series.
- Australian Leadership Award from the Australian Davos Connection 2010 recipient.
- Recognised by Same Same as one of Australia’s 25 most influential gay and lesbian Australians in 2010.
- Fellow of the 2010 Asialink Leaders Program at the University of Melbourne.
- Recognised by The Australian newspaper as one of the ten emerging leaders of Australian society as part of its 2009 Next 100 series.
- Participant in The Australian newspaper’s 2011 Shaping Our Future: Ideas to Change a Century series on public health financing.
- Inaugural participant in the 2011 Australian-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Programme run by ISIS Malaysia, the St James Ethics Centre and Asialink.
- Participant in the 2010 inaugural ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Taiwan Future Leaders Program.
- Twice-elected President of the Monash University Student Union.
Media and commentary
- Regularly published in print media, including The Australian, the Wall Street Journal and the Australian Financial Review and newspapers across Australia and the Asia Pacific.
- Appears on Australian and international television and radio.
- Regular radio programs on 2CC, 3AW, 4BC, 6PR & 774.
- Regular guest on New York’s nationally syndicated radio program, the John Batchelor show, with John Batchelor and US editorial board member, Mary Kissel.
- Regular television programs including ABC’s Q&A, The Drum and News Breakfast, Channel Ten’s Bolt Report and Sky News’ The Nation, the Contrarians and Lunchtime Agenda.
- Previously co-hosted ABC News 24 TV’s Snapshot segment.
- Regularly contributes to journals and books and speaks at conferences.
- Completed specialist executive education on intellectual property, diplomacy and global public health in a joint program of New Jersey’s Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology at Seton Law School and Geneva’s Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développment.
- Completed specialist executive education on global public health policy and diplomacy in a joint program of Geneva’s Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développment and the World Health Organisation.
- Completed specialist executive education on intellectual property at the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Worldwide Academy.
- Studied the WTO, International Trade and Development at Geneva’s Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développment.
- Trained carbon accountant from Swinburne.
- Completed a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade (International Trade) from the Monash Graduate School of Business.
- Completed a Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies) from Monash University.
- Completed a Diploma of Business.
Board and professional service
- Member, City of Sydney’s Social Sustainability Taskforce.
- Former Board Director of Alfred Health (Alfred, Caulfield and Sandringham hospitals) .
- Former member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s Victorian Board for Nursing and Midwifery.
- Former member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s IP industry consultative group.
- Previous Member of the Council of Monash University (Australia’s largest University with campuses in Australia, Malaysia, South Africa, Italy and the United Kingdom).
- Previous appointed member of the Steering Committee of the Sydney Opera House’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
- Previous Board Director of Monyx (Food and retail services company).
- Previous Chairman and Board member of the Monash University Student Union Pty Ltd.
- Former policy director at the Institute of Public Affairs – the world’s oldest free market think tank.
- Former Senior Fellow at New York’s Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.
- Worked in international development across South East Asia.
- Delivered Australia’s 2006 logistical and policy aid program to help the Vietnamese government host APEC.
- Trade, Intellectual Property and Environment policy consultant.
- Member of the Melbourne Cricket Club, Melbourne Football Club, Mont Pelerin Society, Museum of Modern Art (New York), the National Gallery of Victoria, RACV Club, Royal Brighton Yacht Club and the Tate Modern (London).
- Enjoys walking, running and bike riding.