ACU (Australian Catholic University)

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Issue 2, Winter 2012


Tim Costello is Chief Executive of World Vision Australia, and one of the country’s leading voices on social justice issues.

The ACU honorary doctorate recipient has taken a prominent role in national debates on gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse. 

In 2004, Tim was named Victorian of the Year; in June 2005 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); and in 2006 he was named Victorian Australian of the Year. 


"My path in life was set when… I decided I needed to pursue justice after being punished equally with my brother for waking my parents early with our pillow fights. I am sure it was mostly his fault. Following that, it was hearing a Christian minister from South Africa speak at my university about how many Christians in his country supported apartheid. It drew me into outrage and encouraged me to take my faith seriously in the area of social and public justice.

"The best piece of advice I ever got was... to never ever think that failure was final.  

"I wish I had never agreed to do a tandem skydive for a fundraiser a few years ago."  

"The talent I wish I had is… playing the piano a lot better than I do." 

"As I get older I… do worry more about the state of the world and the environment my grandchildren and the generations to come will inherit." 

"The best decision I ever made was… to commit my life to the way of Jesus in my teens. Closely followed by deciding to marry my wife Merridie in 1979."

"My favourite childhood memory is… going to see the Bombers play at Windy Hill with my dad on Saturday afternoons followed by dinner with my grandparents nearby in Ascot Vale."

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