President of AFIC, Dr Rateb Jneid and the Executive Committee are pleased to announce the appointment of the new CEO Kamalle Dabboussy gaicd as the new Chief Executive Officer.

Kamalle Dabboussy, with his decades of experience in various community settings and the public sector, brings a wealth of expertise in addressing disadvantage, stakeholder engagement, project design and implementation, workforce development, governance and risk management.

Dr Rateb Jneid says: “with a deep understanding of the Muslim community and a track record of visionary leadership, Kamalle Dabboussy is poised to build upon AFIC’s legacy of service to the Australian Muslim community and contribute to the ongoing success of the organisation”

“I am deeply honoured and excited to be a part of leading AFIC into the future. AFIC has always been a pioneering instittution to the community, and I firmly believe the best is yet to come” said Kamalle Dabboussy.

Kamalle Dabboussy officially assumed the role of CEO on early September, 2023. Under his leadership, Kamalle Dabboussy will undoubtedly lead AFIC into a new era of growth, collaboration and impact.

We humbly ask for Allah’s guidance and support as Kamalle Dabboussy takes on this important role, and pray for AFIC’s continued success and prosperity in its mission to serve the community.

Kamalle Dabboussy, CEO of Australian Federation of Islamic Councils

About AFIC

Established in 1964, AFIC has been a unifying force for the Australian Muslim community for several decades.

Representing over 200 organisations nationwide, including State Councils and Member societies, AFIC has been a leading advocate for Australian Muslims, championing their best interests through active engagement with its members and stakeholders.

Key Services

One distinctive feature of AFIC is its commitment to addressing day-to-day issues faced by Australian Muslims. AFIC maintains its own Sharia board, which plays a vital role in helping the community navigate various challenges and provide guidance on Islamic matters.

Additionally, AFIC undertakes the crucial task of Halal Certification, offering this service to ensure that affordable and nutritious halal meats and drinks are readily available to Muslims across Australia. This commitment to dietary needs underscores AFIC’s dedication to enhancing the quality of life for Australian Muslims.

Financial Contributions

Over the years, AFIC has been a lifeline for the Muslim community, providing essential financial support. This support includes hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants given to vital local services such as Muslim schools, initiatives, mosque and community centers, and salaries for remote area Imams.

AFIC have also contributed over $400,000 per year in support of Muslims in remotre areas in Australia to keep Imams and Mosques operating, and in modest emergency donations to communites in need around the world.

Ongoing Community Support

Beyond its own operations, AFIC has played a pivotal role in nurturing key Muslim community organisations across Australia, offering them vital resources and operational support to benefit their communities.

Overall, AFIC’s longstanding dedication and proactive engagement have significantly enriched the lives of Australian Muslims, fostering unity, advocacy and support across the nation.

Who We Are

AFIC operates as a not-for-profit, community-based organisation. It is managed by an Executive Committee, which includes a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and other members, who all operate on a volunteer basis.

Our History

AFIC’s journey started in the 1960s when Muslim communities began to grow in Australia’s major cities, and various ethnic-based associations and Islamic societies emerged to represent their identities in the new Australian environment.

In 1964, recognising the need for a united voice to address the growing demands of the Muslim population, the founders of AFIC came together to form the Australian Federation of Islamic Societies (AFIS).

In 1976, recognising further growth, AFIC restructured into a comprehensive three-tier model. This included grassroots local Islamic societies, state-level State Islamic Councils and the federal body AFIC, ensuring inclusive representation for diverse Muslim communities.

Since then, AFIC has operated under this democratic and representative structure, serving the needs and aspirations of Australian Muslims.

For more information about the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils and its new leadership, please visit

Dr Rateb Jneid President

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