Dr Sabrin Farooqui was awarded the Order of Australia Medal OAM at the 2024 Australia Day ceremony on Friday 26 January. She is a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and is currently a Councillor for Cumberland City Council in Sydney and an elected member of the NSW ALP Policy Forum.
For Sabrin, supporting and empowering migrants and refugees has been a lifelong commitment stemming from a deep appreciation for the power of education. She was recognised for her contributions to community advocacy through both in the private and public sectors, in higher education, research and policy.
After completing a Masters degree at the University of Dhaka, she moved to Australia as an international student to further her studies, obtaining Masters and PhD degrees in Education from the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney, respectively.
Her pursuits in academia culminated in the prestigious ‘Best Research Student Award’ at the University of Sydney.
Dr Farooqui is an advocate for migrants and refugees, identifies critical gaps in services and support for vulnerable individuals in Australia. As a first-generation migrant, she is determined to amplify the voices of those navigating challenges within the existing system.
It was while working with local communities and people who needed support, that she became involved in Australia’s political landscape. As a founding member and the current President of the Cultural Diversity Network Inc. (CDNI), she actively contributes to fostering a sense of belonging, independence, and purpose, particularly for migrant and refugee women.
Balancing motherhood with a young child and the demands of all the social, academic and political work Sabrin has undertaken demonstrates notable resilience and unwavering commitment to fostering cultural diversity within our society, solidifying her as a valuable resource to the nation.
A number of Muslims have been recognised in this round with awards, in addition to Dr Sabrin Farooqui.
- Deputy Mayor and Councillor Mazhar Hadid from NSW won Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for service to the Liverpool community. Mr Hadid is Co-Founder and current President of The Australian Islamic House.
- Zeynep Yesilyurt, Treasurer of Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria got Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division (OAM) for service to multicultural communities, and to women’s affairs.
- Majida Abboud-Saab from NSW was awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for service to the Arab community, and to the media.
- Nasiba Akram-Haidari, an Afghan community worker and media personality from NSW won Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for service to humanitarian organisations.
- Kassem Younes from Victoria was awarded with the Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service, particularly in the areas of foreign investment and trade.
- Muhammad Humair Ahmad from NSW won the Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to social and affordable housing reforms across public and community housing.