Dr Bill Jonas - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social
Justice Commissioner and Acting Race Discrimination Commissioner
Until his appointment as Social Justice Commissioner, Dr Bill
Jonas was Director of the National Museum of Australia and from
1991-96 was Principal of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Studies in Canberra. Dr Jonas comes
from an academic background. Before becoming Director of Aboriginal
Education at Newcastle University in 1990, he was a lecturer
in geography at the University of Newcastle and before that at
the University of Papua New Guinea.
In the mid-1980s Dr Jonas was a Royal Commissioner on the
Royal Commission into British Nuclear Tests in Australia with
the late Justice Jim McClelland. He has held positions on the
Immigration Review Tribunal, the Australian Heritage Commission
and the Joint Ministerial Taskforce on Aboriginal Heritage and
Culture in NSW.
Dr Jonas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University
of NSW, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Newcastle
and a PhD from the University of Papua New Guinea.
In addition to his impressive professional qualifications,
Dr Jonas has worked tirelessly in the community sector since
the early 1980s.
Dr Jonas commenced his appointment on 6 April 1999 for five
years. His appointment as Acting Race Discrimination Commissioner
ends on 25 September 2000.