Jihad Dib MP, newly elected from Bankstown and former NSW state member for Lakemba, was sworn in on Thursday 6 April 2023 as the Minister for Customer Service & Digital Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Youth Justice in New South Wales.

NSW Premier Chris Minns made the announcement at the NSW government Premier’s Iftar in Parramatta on Monday night 3 April, which was met with thunderous applause from Muslim and interfaith community leaders.

Jihad Dib with Premier Chris Minns at the Premier’s Iftar in Parramatta on Monday night 3 April.

Jihad Dib, who was born in Lebanon and migrated to Australia with his family when he was two years old, began his career as a teacher at Ulladulla High School. He was later the principal of Punchbowl Boys High School from 2007 to 2014, where he is acknowledged for changing a tough school into a respected community facility.

Jihad Dib is also recognised for his previous service on the Australia Day Council of New South Wales, the New South Wales Police Commissioner’s Advisory Panel, and the SBS Community Advisory Committee. He was awarded a Pride of Australia award in 2013.

In a historic moment, Jihad Dib was sworn in on the Holy Quran in front of NSW Governor Margaret Beazley, as he assumed the role of NSW’s Minister for Customer Service & Digital Government, Minister for Emergency Services, and Minister for Youth Justice.

Jihad Dib expressed his gratitude and honour in a Facebook post after being sworn in, saying, “It’s a big task, but I will do my absolute best to help make people’s lives better and to make a difference.”

He also highlighted the significance of his appointment as the first Minister of the Muslim faith in NSW, saying, “I hope this serves to inspire people that anything is possible no matter who you are, where you’re from, the colour of your skin, or the sound of your name.”

Jihad further added, “Don’t let anyone put a ceiling on your success. Thank you all for your support and for being the shoulders I can stand on.” Jihad Dib’s appointment has been seen as a positive step towards greater representation and diversity in government.

Jihad Dib with his family.