About Tim

Tim’s Biography

Tim Wilson is the Federal Liberal Member for Goldstein, and was first elected on 2 July 2016. 

Tim was formerly Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner. In that role he worked with government to reform laws to stop and prevent terrorism, improving economic opportunities for indigenous Australians as well as standing up for marginalised communities from public harassment. Tim is also an advocate for protecting free speech and religious freedom.

Tim has been consistently recognised for his contribution to Australian public life including as one of The Australian’s ten emerging leaders of Australian society in 2009 to one of Australia’s men of influence by Men’s Style magazine in 2016.

He has a Bachelor of Arts (Policy Studies) from Monash University as well as a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade (International Trade) from the Monash Graduate School of Business.  He has also completed executive education at the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Worldwide Academy and the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement.

His principle areas of policy interest are: health, trade, energy and the environment.

Tim’s has had a varied career. His first job was delivering the Mornington Leader, before carrying timber around the work sites for his Dad’s fence building business over the school holidays. He then became a waiter, electorate officer and was twice-elected Student President at University. 

After University he worked in international aid and development across South East Asia, as a consultant, ran his own business, worked for radio stations and as a policy director at the Institute of Public Affairs. He’s also served on major boards, including Monash University and Alfred Health.

Away from politics, Tim enjoys walking, running and bike riding, as well as visual arts. From 2017 Tim has also been an ambassador for the Brighton Freemasons and Freemasons Victoria.

Tim and his partner Ryan are passionate supporters and members of the mighty Melbourne Demons, and as a hobby collect gins from across the world.