Bill is an international human rights consultant with extensive experience as a human rights trainer as well as on human rights institution building.
He has presented numerous training courses to audiences in many Asia-Pacific countries, with a special focus over recent years as principal trainer in a series of human rights and conflict resolution training workshops in Indonesia.
His writing includes three substantial guide books on international human rights issues and the United Nations, including Getting Government to Listen, A guide to the International human rights system for Indigenous Australians, as well as analyses of UN developments and of human rights situations in particular countries.
He developed the concept of ‘national human rights action plans’, which are now in place in many countries around the world.
Bill served for many years as an Australian diplomat, specialising in human rights and Indigenous issues. He spent four years in Geneva, Switzerland (1988 –1992) as an Australian Government representative to the UN and served for two years as Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Human Rights and Indigenous Issues section (1994 – 96).
Bill has attended numerous United Nations human rights meetings both as a government and as an NGO representative.