Reverend Tim Costello AO
Social justice advocate
VICState RecipientAustralian of the Year2006
Reverend Costello is a well known face and voice to audiences around Australia for both his pastoral work with the homeless and other marginalised people and his stance against the excesses of gambling. As CEO of World Vision Australia, Tim's genuine concern for the poor and the needy in our society has inspired so many to respond to his passionate appeals for donations and sponsorship, matching his generosity of spirit. His efforts as one of the key public faces of the Asian tsunami appeal were outstanding, reminding all of us that, even in the face of such momentous calamity, we are not alone. He was quick to be on the ground after the disaster, leading by example in giving hope and help to those who needed it most. Tim is a great advocate at home and a wonderful ambassador abroad for the best that is in all of us.