Rev Tim Costello AO
Named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures Tim Costello AO is recognised as one of Australia’s leading voices on social justice issues, having spearheaded public debates on gambling, urban poverty, homelessness, reconciliation and substance abuse.
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Testimonials for Rev Tim Costello AO
“Excellent. Very inspiring, Tim Costello was very casual and informal and talked about subjects all attendees could associate with.”
Outer East Employment Service
"Tim's presentations were thoughtful, insightful and entertaining. He related well to the audience and engaged them in an informal dialogue that instantly made the audience feel relaxed and part of a conversation. An inspirational individual."
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
"Tim is an excellent speaker, engaging, informative and very personable. His talk was very much enjoyed by all at the meeting. On a personal level he is very warm and delightfully easy to talk to. It was a delight to meet and spend time with Tim."
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Rev Tim Costello AO's Biography
Rev Tim Costello is one of Australia’s most respected community leaders and a sought after voice on social justice issues, leadership and ethics.
Tim is the Executive Director of Micah Australia. He is also Director of Ethical Voice.
For 13 years until October 2016, Tim was Chief Executive of World Vision Australia (WVA).
Other positions Tim currently holds are Senior Advisor for the Centre for Public Christianity, Chair of the Community Council of Australia; Chief Advocate of the Thriving Communities Partnership. In 2021 he was appointed by Monash University as Chair of Peninsula Campus Community Advisory Committee.
Tim is a spokesperson for the Alliance for Gambling Reform, which campaigns for law reform to prevent harm from poker machine gambling.
In earlier roles Tim was National President of the Baptist Union of Australia and Mayor of St Kilda. He has been Baptist Minister at St Kilda Baptist and Collins Street Baptist in Melbourne, as well as Executive Director of Urban Seed.
Initially Tim studied law and education at Monash University, followed by theology at the International Baptist Seminary in Rueschlikon, Switzerland. He also received a Masters Degree in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity.
In 2006 Tim was named Victoria’s Australian of the Year, in June 2005 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO); in 2004, was named Victorian of the Year; and in 1997 was named as one of Australia’s 100 National Living Treasures
His books include:
A Lot with a Little (2019), Faith (2016), Hope (2012), Streets of Hope: Finding God in St Kilda; Tips from a Travelling Soul Searcher; and Wanna Bet? Winners and Losers in Gambling’s Luck Myth (co-written with Royce Millar).
Speaking Topics Include
- Ethical Leadership
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Climate Change
- Education and Citizenship
- Global Citizenship
- Spirituality in the Workplace