Tim Wilson is the Federal Liberal Member for Goldstein, and was first elected on 2 July 2016. His principle areas of policy interest are: health, trade, energy and the environment.
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.
He has postgraduate qualifications in energy and carbon management from Murdoch University, and a diplomacy and trade from Monash University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts. 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.
Tim 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.
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.
Away from politics, Tim enjoys walking, running and bike riding, as well as visual arts. Tim and his husband Ryan are passionate supporters and members of the mighty Melbourne Demons, and as a hobby collect gins from across the world.
Tim, Ryan (and the pugs!)
Tim and Ryan married in March 2018 after nearly a decade together. Their wedding anniversary is the day after Ryan’s birthday and the day before Tim’s ensuring Tim never forgets to buy flowers! Their beloved pugs — Louis and Ella —can be spotted sniffing for treats in local dog parks!