Past Commissioners

Name of Commissioner

Full-time/
Part-time

Term of appointment

Professor Helen Rhoades

FT

10 October 2017 – 31 March 2019; resigned 5 November 2018

Acting President 30 October 2017 – 9 January 2018.

The Hon John Faulks 

PT 21 November 2017–31 March 2019

Mr Geoffrey Sinclair 

PT 21 November 2017–31 March 2019.

Dr Andrew Bickerdike.

PT 27 June 2018–31 March 2019

The Hon Michelle May AM QC.

PT 12 December 2018–31 March 2019

The Hon Cheryl Edwardes AM GAICD.

PT 12 December 2018–31 March 2019

His Honour Judge Matthew Myers AM

FT February 2017 – December 2017

Mr Robert Cornall AO

FT Acting President. 30 July – 30 October 2017

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM

FT

President Dec 2009 – July 2017
Commissioner Feb 2007 – Dec 2009

The Hon Justice Nye Perram

PT 28 November 2012 – 1 June 2017

Emeritus Professor Suri Ratnapala

PT July 2015 – December 2015
Professor Lee Godden FT 27 October 2013 – 30 March 2015
Professor Barbara McDonald FT June 2013 – June 2014

Graeme Innes AM

PT 16 July 2013 – 30 August 2014
Professor Jill McKeough FT 1 May 2012 – 31 October 2013
The Hon Justice Berna Collier (see speeches) PT 2 October 2007 – 25 October 2013
The Hon Susan Ryan AO PT February 2012 – May 2013
Professor Terry Flew (see speeches) FT 21 April 2011 – 29 February 2012
Magistrate Anne Goldsbrough PT 14 December 2009 – 31 August 2010
Justice Robert French PT 15 July 2006 – 1 September 2008

Justice Susan Kenny (see speeches)

PT

14 May 2006 – July 2012

Justice Susan Kiefel

PT

7 April 2003 – 6 April 2009; resigned 16 August 2007

Professor Les McCrimmon FT 4 January 2005 – 30 November 2009

Professor Anne Finlay

FT

12 November 2001 – 11 November 2004

Mr Hank Spier PT 27 September 2000 – 8 August 2002
Mr Brian Opeskin FT July 2000 – 14 December 2008; resigned 22 September 2006
Mr Ian Davis FT 13 June 2000 – 12 June 2004
Emeritus Professor David Weisbrot (see speeches) FT President June 1999 – 30 November 2009
Justice Mark Weinberg PT 30 April 1998 – 31 March 2006
Dr Kathryn Cronin FT 1 February 1996 – 9 November 2002
Mr David Edwards FT 13 December 1995 – 12 December 2000

Mr Alan Rose

FT

President 23 May 1994 – 22 May 1999

Mr Michael Ryland

FT

17 May 1994 – 29 November 1996

Professor Jennifer Morgan

PT

28 October 1993 – 28 October 1994

Professor Regina Graycar

PT

28 October 1993 – 27 October 1994

Professor Hilary Charlesworth

PT

28 October 1993 – 27 October 1994

Ms Sue Tongue FT 15 September 1993 – 5 October 1995

Professor Brent Fisse

PT

2 September 1993 – 1 September 1994

Justice Ian Coleman PT 1 January 1993 – 31 December 2003

Professor Rebecca Bailey-Harris

PT

1 January 1993 – 31 December 1995

Professor Peter Baume

PT

1 January 1993 – 18 August 1997

Professor Bettina Cass

PT

1 January 1993 – 18 August 1997

Professor James Lahore

PT

1 January 1993 – 31 December 1995

Stephen Mason

FT

1980 – 17 February 1997

Justice John von Doussa PT 17 September 1992 – 31 December 2002

Christopher Sidoti

FT

17 February 1992 – 11 August 1995

Mr Leigh Hall

PT

17 December 1991 – 31 December 1992

Mr Jim Armitage

PT

22 October 1991 – 31 December 1992

Dott P Totaro

PT

7 February 1990 – 30 September 1991

Ms G Bird

PT

7 February 1990 – 30 September 1991

The Hon Justice P Nygh PT 6 February 1989 – 29 July 1992
The Hon Justice Elizabeth Evatt FT  Chairman 5 January 1988 to November 1993; PT 11 November 1993 – 11 November 1994

Professor JL Goldring

FT

21 December 1987 – 20 December 1990

Mr John H Greenwell FT 29 October 1987 – 28 October 1992

Mr Peter Cashman

PT

10 April 1986 – 9 April 1987

Mr John Basten

PT

10 April 1986 – 9 April 1987

Mr Richard Fisher

PT

10 April 1986 – 9 April 1989

Mr N Seddon PT 11 April 1985 – 31 December 1989
Professor Richard W Harding PT September 1984 – 17 August 1989

Mr G Zdenkowski

FT

23 July 1984 – 22 July 1987

Mr RW Harmer

FT

16 July 1984 – 15 July 1986

The Hon Justice DM Ryan PT 12 April 1984 – 22 April 1990

The Hon Justice JM Maxwell

PT

14 March 1984 – 13 March 1987

Justice Xavier Connor

FT

President 6 May 1985  – 11 December 1987

Sir Maurice Byers

PT

31 May 1984 – 31 December 1985

Professor Michael R Chesterman FT 25 July 1983  – 30 June 1990

Dr Michael Pryles

PT

25 June 1983 – 13 December 1985

Professor David Hambly

FT

14 June 1983 – 30 June 1989

Professor A Erh-Soon Tay

PT

14 February 1982 – 14 February 1987

Mr T Simos

PT

1 January 1982 – 22 April 1990

Dr James Crawford

FT 

1 January 1982 – December 1990; PT 31 December 1984 – June 1987

Mr Gerald E Fitzgerald

PT

1 July 1981 – 30 June 1984

Hon Mr Justice FM Neasey

PT

20 October 1980 – 19 October 1984

MR G W P Aarons

PT

22 July 1980 – 21 July 1983

Mr Tim H Smith

FT 

17 March 1980 – December 1986; PT January 1984 – December 1986

Associate Professor Robert Hayes

FT

17 March 1980 – 16 March 1983

Mr James Mazza PT 23 August 1979 – 23 August 1984

Dr J A Seymour

PT

29 March 1979 – 30 June 1980

Professor Duncan Chappell FT 11 September 1978 – 31 December 1979
Mr Bruce M Debelle FT  7 July 1978 – 1 July 1983; PT 30 June 1981 – 1 July 1983

Mr J Q Ewens

PT

26 January 1978 – 25 January 1980

Mr Allan N Hall

PT

6 July 1977 – 30 June 1979

Mr Brian J Shaw PT 6 July 1977 – 1 July 1981

Mr James J Spiegelman

 

19 August 1976 – 2 January 1979

Mr Howard Schreiber

PT

19 August 1976 – 6 June 1980

Mr David St L Kelly FT  1 August 1976  – 30 November 1979; PT 1 February 1980 – 30 June 1981 and 1 July 1983  – 30 November 1985

Emeritus Professor Sir Zelman Cowen

PT

1 July 1976 – 1 July 1979

The Hon Justice Murray Wilcox

FT 

1 July 1976 – 31 July 1979; PT 1978 – 1979; Acting Chairman from September 1984 to 1985

Mr Russell Scott

FT

1 July 1976 –30 June 1978

Hon Justice F G Brennan PT June 1975 – 20 June 1979
Mr J Cain PT June 1975 – 20 June 1977
Professor A C Castles PT January 1975 – 1 January 1981
Associate Professor G J Hawkins PT January 1975 – 31 December 1981

Mr G J Evans

PT 

January 1975 – 15 November 1975; FT 7 July – 1 August 1975

Hon Michael Kirby (see speeches)

FT

1974 – 1984