Tim Goodwin

Social justice campaigner

VICNomineeYoung Australian of the Year2012

Tim Goodwin, an Aboriginal man from the Yuin people, is a lawyer who is passionate about social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. He has made a substantial contribution to Indigenous legal policy, using his knowledge of the law to give Indigenous Australians greater legal recognition through law reform. Tim’s advocacy for his people has taken him to the Fifth World Indigenous Youth Conference, held in New Zealand and he has been a member of the International Youth Parliament and the National Youth Roundtable. He successfully lobbied for the development of a new forum called the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Group. In 2003, Tim was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Indigenous youth and the following year became a facilitator in the International Youth Parliament. Tim is currently an Aboriginal Education Ambassador for the Department of Education, Science and Training and a ‘Dare to Lead’ Ambassador. He is about to put his legal career at Allens Arthur Robinson on hold to study at Harvard as the inaugural recipient of the Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Indigenous Scholarship. Tim plans to study constitutional and legal recognition of Indigenous rights and on his return will work towards greater recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.