Tim Wilson

Former Commissioner, 2014-2016

Commissioner Tim WilsonTim Wilson is Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner. Dubbed the “Freedom Commissioner”, Tim is a proud defender of universal, individual human rights.

As Commissioner he has focused on preserving a legal environment and culture that values free speech, religious freedom, free association and property rights. Commissioner Wilson has specifically focused on removing impediments that stop the ability of Indigenous Australians to use their land for economic development, and constructively working through the challenges posed by a 21st Century pluralistic society to religious freedom to advance the human rights of all.

Commissioner Wilson has previously worked as a Policy Director for the world’s oldest think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. He has also worked in trade and communication consulting, international aid and development, as well as politics.

He has served as a Board member of Monash University's Council, Alfred Health and on a Victorian Board of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

He has extensive experience in public debate and has had many regular radio and television commitments, with both commercial and public broadcasters. The Australian newspaper recognised Tim as one of the ten emerging leaders of Australian society. He has written extensively for newspapers, journals and books. He recently co-edited the book Turning Left or Right: Values in Modern Politics.

Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Policy) and a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade (International Trade) from Monash University. He has also completed executive education at Geneva's Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement and the World Intellectual Property Organisation's Worldwide Academy.

Tim lives with his partner, Ryan.

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