About Jing

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The Honourable Jing Lee, MLC

Member of the Legislative Council in the South Australian Parliament:
  • Assistant Minister to the Premier


Jing made history for changing the political landscape of South Australia as the first Malaysian-Australian to be elected to State Parliament in 2010.

Since 2010, Jing has been entrusted with key portfolios, which included multicultural affairs, small business, education, trade and investment.

Jing is a proud Australian and is deeply honoured to have been appointed as the Assistant Minister to the Premier of South Australia under the Marshall Government in April 2018. She plays the key role in supporting the Premier in multicultural affairs, the arts, and other portfolio duties designated by the Premier at the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Jing migrated to Adelaide with her hardworking family from Malaysia in 1979. For more than 40 years, Jing has embraced the Australian values which encompass the democratic beliefs, freedoms, and respect that are central to our successful diverse society. Throughout her professional and community life, she seeks every opportunity to serve all members of our community.

Prior to entering Parliament, Jing was a successful businesswoman with over 20 years of management and multilateral relations experience. Jing has held many senior management roles across the private and public sectors and worked successfully in Australia and internationally.

Throughout her life, Jing has volunteered her time and efforts to assist people and organisations to achieve their full potential. She is a strong advocate for a society that promotes equal rights and opportunity, fosters an open and inclusive multicultural community and the development of interculturalism among our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Jing has been a champion for interculturalism, encouraging Australian multicultural communities to embrace each other’s cultures. She was instrumental in modernizing the multicultural legislation in South Australia to drive the advancement of multiculturalism and interculturalism for the benefit of all South Australians.

Jing plays a significant role in building community capacities through active community engagement and policy development. Her passion for hard work, lateral thinking and her natural affinity to work with people from all walks of life has won her the respect and affection of the business sector and multicultural communities across South Australia.