Oliver has been an actor, film and television scriptwriter, script editor, and assessor. He has been particularly active in theatre-in-education and community theatre. Oliver founded the children's circus, Pipi Storm, in New South Wales and in 1981 Bent Pin Productions in Western Australia. He also lectured in scriptwriting at Edith Cowan University. Oliver's unpublished plays included 'True Luv' (1979), 'The Elastic Band' (1979), and 'The All Night Oasis' (1983).
(Source: William H. Wilde et.al. The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature (1994): p.592).