About Jing
About Jing
Jing Lee is humbled and honoured to be elected as a Member of Parliament in the Legislative Council of South Australia on 20th March 2010 South Australian Election.


Prior to entering Parliament, Jing has worked successfully in the private and public sectors across Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.  She possesses a healthy mix of business skills and international management experience that spans over 20 years. With her can-do attitude and a passion for strong community engagement, Jing brings fresh ideas and new approach to Parliament.


Being community minded and coming from a proud multicultural background, Jing became an active member of the South Australian community for more than 2 decades. Her refreshing and energetic presentation styles made her an outstanding and memorable speaker and master of ceremony at many community events. She cares about people and works tirelessly as a volunteer to serve the needs of not-for-profit and community organisations. Her engaging personality and high level communication skills make her accessible to people from diverse background and enable her to work with people from all walks of life on issues and matters important to them.


Unlike many current and past members of parliament, where they come from a succession of political influence or legacies, Jing was the first in her family to pursue a political career. From a humble beginning, Jing worked extremely hard to win the Liberal upper house pre-selection in 2008 and became the first Malaysian-born Chinese to be elected as a Member of South Australian Parliament in 2010.


Among the 69 members within the current upper and lower house of Parliament, she is the only State politician that can speak a number of Asian languages. Jing believes that in order for parliament to function effectively, it needs to comprise of a broad range of members from different backgrounds and vast experience. Politicians are representatives of the community. Therefore the composition of members in Parliament should be a reflection of the changing demographics and dynamics of our whole community.


Jing has a strong interest in economic development and regional development of our State. She believes that in order for South Australians to enjoy an enviable lifestyle, sustainable standard of living coupled with excellent healthcare, robust education system, flourishing business environment then we must have a strong and prosperous economy. She will work hard to ensure South Australia remains competitive and becomes a preferred place to live, to study, to do business and to visit.


She believes cultural diversity in the community enriches so many aspects of our lives. Jing is committed to building a strong multicultural society by developing more inclusive policies; seeking out greater opportunities for collaboration and creating an environment that fostering people to make positive contributions for our State. As a Member of the Legislative Council, Jing is honoured to have the opportunity to use her skills and knowledge to work with the community and develop policies and legislations that help shape the future of South Australia.


Current Role/Position:
  • Official Title/Salutation: The Honourable Jing Lee, MLC
  • Member of the Legislative Council, Parliament of South Australia
  • Deputy Whip of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
  • Member of the Social Development Parliamentary Committee
  • Justice of the Peace, South Australia
  • Parliamentary Representative of the Liberal Party’s Multicultural Committee
  • Paired Electorates: Frome, Torrens, Napier, Taylor, Ramsay and Giles.


Areas of interests and platforms:

  • Economic Development
  • Industry and Trade
  • Regional Development
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Status of Women


Career Summary Prior to Politics:

  • Director/Principal Consultant, International Trade and Management consulting business – 6 Years
  • Principal Industry Manager based at the Business Centre (a key agency of the former Economic Development Authority, later known as the Dept of Industry and Trade)  - 5 years
  • General Manager, Plaza Business Centre (Asia Pacific Operation) – 6 Years
  • Marketing & Campaign Officer, South Australian Tourism Commission – 3 years



  • Associate Fellow Member of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM)
  • Certified Professional Manager (AIM-CPMgr);
  • Graduate Certificate in Management (University of South Australia)
  • Winner of the 2004 Highly Commended International Ambassador of the Year Award by the Council of International Trade and Commerce South Australia (CITCSA)
  • Member of the Liberal Party of Australia and the Liberal’s Women Council
  • Past President (2009) of the Liberal Party Torrens State Electorate Convention
  • Founder and Chair (2003 to present) The Asia Pacific Women of Distinction Award
  • Past President (2003, 2004) – Asia Pacific Business Council for Women Inc
  • Past Vice President (2001, 2002) – Hong Kong Australia Business Association (SA)
  • Featured in a business book called “From Lounge to Boardroom” – Jing was recognised as one of the most inspirational business women in South Australia
  • Featured in a Chinese book called “the Foreign Moonlight” – containing migration stories of Chinese from different countries that have settled in South Australia.
  • Member of many advisory boards, steering committees and charity organisations