Tim Fairfax

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Tim Fairfax

Timothy Vincent Fairfax
Occupation Philanthropist and pastoralist
Office Chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology
Term8 September 2012 31 December 2019
Predecessor Peter Arnison
Successor Xiaoling Liu
Spouse Gina Fairfax
  • Sir Vincent Charles Fairfax
  • Lady Nancy Fairfax

Timothy Vincent Fairfax AC is an Australian philanthropist, pastoralist and a member of the Fairfax family. He leads a charitable foundation called the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, created in 2008.



Throughout his life, Fairfax has served in a variety of roles within a large number of organisations. [1] This includes serving as president of the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation, deputy chairman of the National Gallery of Australia, director of the Foundation of Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), council member of Australia Philanthropic Services, chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, deputy chancellor of the University of the Sunshine Coast and chairman of the University of the Sunshine Coast Foundation. [2] [3] [1]

He is a director of a number of other companies, including JH Fairfax & Son which owns agricultural properties throughout Queensland and New South Wales. [1] He is also a patron of AMA Queensland. [4]

In 2008, Fairfax founded the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation in a bid to support people in rural and remote communities throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. [5] [6]

Fairfax revealed in 2014 that he believes he suffered from undiagnosed mental health issues in the early 1970s during a downturn in the cattle market and was using that experience to encourage people in remote areas to access funding, made available by his foundation for a program run by the FRRR, to help their mental wellbeing during difficult times. [7]

In 2012, he was appointed chancellor of the Queensland University of Technology, [8] [3] serving until 2019. [9]

In 2017 he spoke at the second annual Queensland Philanthropy Showcase, encouraging arts philanthropy. [10]

As a fifth generation member of the Fairfax family, Fairfax is a great-great-grandson of John Fairfax, and until 2008 was a shareholder in Fairfax Media. [11] His grandmother was Ruth Fairfax, the inaugural president of the Queensland Country Women's Association. [12]


Fairfax received the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Leadership Award in 2011. [2] He was named as a Queensland Great in 2013. [13]

In the 2014 Australia Day Honours Fairfax was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia. [14]

He was a national finalist in the Senior Australian of the Year category at the 2016 Australian of the Year awards but lost to Professor Gordian Fulde. [15] [16]

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  1. 1 2 3 Tim Fairfax AC Archived 14 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine , Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal website. Accessed 5 March 2018.
  2. 1 2 Timothy Fairfax AC Archived 10 March 2018 at the Wayback Machine , Australian Philanthropic Services website. Accessed 5 March 2018.
  3. 1 2 Tim Fairfax Archived 14 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine , Chancellery: Office of the Chancellor, Queensland University of Technology website. Accessed 5 March 2018.
  4. Our board and team: Tim Fairfax AC - Patron Archived 13 March 2018 at the Wayback Machine , Australian Medical Association (Queensland) website. Accessed 5 March 2018.
  5. Our Mission & Vision Archived 13 March 2018 at the Wayback Machine , Tim Fairfax Family Foundation website. Accessed 5 March 2018.
  6. "Founder & Trustees". Tim Fairfax Family Foundation. Retrieved 2 November 2022.
  7. Phelps, Mark Tim Fairfax: how I beat the black dog Archived 5 January 2018 at the Wayback Machine , Queensland Country Life, 24 June 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  8. QUT's new Chancellor Tim Fairfax a leader in many fields Archived 14 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine , QUT News, Queensland University of Technology, 27 August 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  9. QUT’s new Chancellor an outstanding technology leader, QUT News, Queensland University of Technology, 10 October 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2020.
  10. Corbett, Bryce Media dynasty's Tim Fairfax leads arts push for philanthropy dollars Archived 9 March 2018 at the Wayback Machine , Australian Financial Review , 30 June 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  11. Passmore, Daryl Qld Rich List 2013: Tim and Gina Fairfax Archived 20 October 2017 at the Wayback Machine , The Courier-Mail , 25 August 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  12. Martell, Ally QCWA's first leader a visionary Archived 19 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine , Queensland Times , 21 October 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  13. 2013 Recipients: Tim Fairfax Archived 16 April 2018 at the Wayback Machine , Queensland Greats Awards, Queensland Government website. Accessed 5 March 2018.
  14. Australia Day honours list 2014: in full, The Sunday Telegraph , 27 January 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  15. 2016 National finalists announced Archived 13 March 2018 at the Wayback Machine , Australian of the Year Awards website, 24 November 2015. Accessed 5 March 2018.
  16. Tim Fairfax: 2016 Senior Australian of the Year (Queensland) Archived 19 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine , Australian of the Year Honour Roll, Australian of the Year website. Accessed 5 March 2018.
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2012 – 2019
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