CARE RELIEF FOR LEBANON INITIATIVE

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Due to the catastrophic devastation in Lebanon, the ALCCI is supplying relief packages filled with nonperishable food, medical supplies and sanitation items to be sent to Lebanon. These items are packaged and sent from Australia as care packages to Lebanon. Money donated will be used to purchase supplies or if you wish you can provide supplies directly to the ALCCI. 

Donations via Direct Deposit:
Account Name: ALCCI
BSB No: 063 158 
Account Number: 1035 9986

Contact: bernadette.khoury@alcci.org.au for queries or to receive a receipt.  

Department of Home Affairs offers it Condolences to Lebanese Community

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OFFICIAL

Dear Consul,

I am pleased I had the opportunity to speak with you this morning Mr Zouky.

As mentioned by phone, the Department is aware of the incident that has occurred in Lebanon, and is seeing news unfold about the explosions in Beirut and the reports of fatalities and the many injuries.

I wanted to reach out and express sincere condolences with regard to this tragic event, and let you know that our thoughts are with you and the Lebanese community in Australia also.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there are any concerns among the Lebanese-Australian community of Tasmania, or I can be of any assistance.

Kind regards,

Judy Lazaro

Community Liaison Officer | Tasmania

Community Engagement Section VIC-TAS

Social Cohesion Division

Department of Home Affairs

‘Beirut looks like Hiroshima today’: Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Lebanon in Tasmania

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‘Beirut looks like Hiroshima today’: Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Lebanon in Tasmania

Faddy Zouky is working with Tasmanian families to contact loved ones in Beirut, as the death toll rises and hospitals are overloaded.

Duration: 5min 48sec
Broadcast: Wed 5 Aug 2020, 8:30am

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/mornings/beirut-looks-like-hiroshima-today-says-consul-general/12525460

Lebanese Government Charge Payable Before Travel

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Effective 1 July 2020, there will be a mandatory COVID-19 medical test required for all passengers upon their arrival to Beirut (BEY), at a cost of USD 50 per passenger. Passengers must remain in self-isolation in Lebanon until their results are released, which will be within 24 hours of arrival

  • Passengers arriving from a non-PCR country will be subjected to a second PCR test 72 hours after their arrival through a Lab designated by the Ministry of Public Health medical team at the airport. The cost of the test is to be paid directly to the designated lab
  • All passengers must fill a health declaration form issued by the Lebanese Ministry of Public before arrival to Lebanon, available on the following link: COVID19 MOPH Pass A printed copy of the completed form must be presented to the Health Ministry desk upon arrival.
  • Cost of PCR test to be collected is USD50 (instead of USD 100) per passengers, excluding children under the age of 12 years.
  • All children below 12 years are now exempted from the PCR testing.

The medical test fee needs to be collected from passengers in advance and tickets MUST be exchanged/reissued to collect the additional amount of USD 50 (or equivalent in local currency) as YR tax.

PCR test fee charges/Existing issued EMDs/Newly issued tickets:

Effective travel from 05th July 2020 onwards, operating airlines are required to collect USD50 the cost of the PCR test from individual passenger except children under twelve years of age.

Existing issued EMDs: EMDs that were issued good for travel 5th July 2020 and beyond, the partial refund process of USD50 should be done as normal through BSP link.

Newly issued tickets: Effective 6th July 2020, the fee of USD50 will reflect as YR tax. Please note EMD is not to be issued for the PCR test fee.

Please be informed that passengers who have not paid this fee, for tickets that were issued prior to 6th July 2020, will have to pay at the airport check-in counter.

GDS have been updated to quote additional YR tax amount for fully unutilised itineraries.  EMDs can no longer be issued for collection of the test fee.

We thank you for your continued support and if you require any further assistance please contact our Australian based Emirates Trade Support team by email or by phone on 1300 880 599.

Yours Sincerely,

Emirates Australia.

Lebanon Wheat Appeal

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Lebanon Wheat Appeal 🇱🇧 Given the deteriorating social and economic situation in Lebanon, The Maronite Eparchy of Australia along with the Maronite organisations, Maronites on Mission have launched the Lebanon Wheat Appeal to support farmers in Lebanon. The appeal aims to buy and send free grain to farmers. $50AUD can provide a farmer with 50kg of grain which can produce over 1 tonne of wheat when harvested. This initiative contributes to food security and the provision of bread and other wheat products sufficient for a family for over one year. Donations can be made by visiting maronitesonmission.com. We thank you for your contribution. Any donation of $2 or more is tax-deductible through Maronites on Mission.

Bing Crosby Road to Lebanon

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Bing Crosby sings the title song for the eighth Road movie, this one done on television and with Danny Thomas instead of Bob Hope. From Danny Thomas’s 20/4/66 special

Gender Pay Equity Research re SMEs within the Financial Services, Arts, Health care and social services sectors

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On behalf of The Hon Faddy Zouky OAM and the Executive Directors, it is with great pleasure that the ALCCI is honoured to share with you information about research the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission is currently undertaking on Gender Pay Equity which may be of interest to all our members.

The research will examine industry-specific barriers to gender pay equity, focusing on small to medium-sized enterprises (with 50 or less employees) in Victoria from the Financial Services, Arts, Health care and Social Services sectors. The purpose of our research is to better understand the challenges facing SMEs in addressing pay inequity and to inform the development of sector-specific education and resources. This issue is particularly important in the post-COVID-19 economic landscape and the research will help understand current challenges for SMEs and how they can best be supported.

This research is being funded by Industrial Relations Victoria and is being completed on behalf of the Victorian Equal Workplaces Advisory Council.

As part of the research, we will shortly commence telephone interviews with owner/senior/HR managers as well as other employees within Victorian SMEs. This will include organisations such as wealth planning firms, accounting firms, mortgage brokers, superannuation funds, banks or other financial services, medical practices, communications, creative and marketing organisations and social services that are SMEs. Incentive payments will be provided to all participants for their time. All data will be de-identified and used only for the purpose of informing this research.
Any guidance or support that you might be able to provide in helping us reach Victorian SMEs within these sectors would be greatly appreciated and extremely beneficial.

Working with Industrial Relations Victoria, we’ll be facilitating telephone interviews with SMEs in June and July 2020.
Please register your interest to participate in this important research by emailing your name, contact details, sector that you work in and role to : irv.info@dpc.vic.gov.au.
All data collected will be confidential and de-identified.
For any questions, please contact Rohini Thomas, Project Manager on 0427 199 127 or rohini.a.thomas@veohrc.vic.gov.au.

Message from the President

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As Australia begins to slowly and cautiously ease coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, in Victoria we are now able to spend some quality time with our loved ones, with up to 5 guests allowed to visit private homes and up to 10 people allowed to gather outdoors. 

Places of worship, of all denominations, can now open for pre-arranged small religious ceremonies of up to 10 people (plus those required to conduct the service). Outdoor recreational activities are also allowed, including walking groups, boot camps, golf, fishing and hiking. (Read the Premier’s full statement.) We will also see a phased return to school for Victorian students, beginning Tuesday 26 May.

I know, for many of us, the ability to reconnect with family and friends will have a positive impact on our outlook and hopefully help us all cope with these challenging times.  

We’re able to make these changes thanks to everyone’s hard work, however we cannot become complacent. It’s up to all of us to use our judgement, continue to maintain physical distancing and be vigilant with hygiene.

A message of thanks and I acknowledge the support to our Australian Federal Government and all State Governments and all those involved in our medical health system during this pandemic. The $11.3 million funding package announced last week was a welcome contribution to supporting multicultural and multifaith Victorians.

I also want to thank all the community organizations, individuals and faith organizations who have stepped up to support people who are in need, especially those who are not eligible for other support, whether from their own, or other multicultural communities. It is a clear demonstration of the strong social cohesion and social fabric we have built in Australia. 

I am honoured with the works, concepts, dedication and support of the ALCCI Young Entrepreneurs.  During these COVID-19 days and social isolation and with schools, universities and so many other educational, social etc. institutions closed; that they have commenced with their interviewing of successful, influential and Federal and State Government Ministers thru Podcasts.  A wonderful way of not just show casing success stories, but more importantly, a great way to reach out to those in need or going thru crisis.

Again, I would also like to mention the great works of the ALCCI Business Women’s Group during COVID-19. I am deeply thankful to the ALCCI BWG for the amazing imitative led by Mrs Mireille Zouky who generously donated over 20 hampers to the nurses at the Footscray Hospital.  A wonderful gesture by the ALCCI BWG, particularly for Mother’s Day during isolation times due to CIVOD-19.  A way of supporting and thanking all those on the Frontline to try to keep all well and safe.  Thank you sincerely to all those who are working in the Essential Service Industry including but not limited to doctors, nurses, medical staff of any profession, the emergency service workers etc. 

Some resources available include new multilingual fact sheets from the Australian Human Rights Commission on Complaints under the Racial Discrimination Act , as well as the comprehensive COVID-19 multilingual information available from Health Translations in 70 languages.

It is extremely important that I recognize and sincerely urge that you all support Lebanon and encourage you all to assist and help your families and friends during this crisis period.  Lebanon and her people are in desperate need of all of our support.

It was with an overwhelming pride, joy and humility that the ALCCI had the privilege to orchestrate, facilitate and support the great works of Radiance International Pty Ltd in shipping a container of rice to Lebanon.  This shipment of this rice is to support and help the Relief High Commission in Lebanon.

Please continue to contact the ALCCI Office with any feedback or any assistance we maybe able to provide using our resources.

Stay safe,

The Hon Faddy Zouky OAM

Happy Mother’s Day

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It’s a day of dedication and acknowledgement to all of the nurses across the country working every single day on the front lines to save lives and keep us safe!

Shout out to all our healthcare HEROES especially at western health hospital in Footscray and all the mums out there for giving up precious time with their families and putting their lives at risk in the face of COVID-19.

I’m privileged to donate one of my designed hampers @m_by_mireille in the name of the Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Women’s Group to simply say THANK YOU and HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.

Rice to Lebanon

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It is with an overwhelming pride, joy and humility that the Hon Faddy Zouky OAM together with the Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and Industry had the privilege to orchestrate, facilitate and support the great works of Radiance International Pty Ltd in shipping a container of rice to Lebanon. This shipment of this rice is to support and help the Relief High Commission in Lebanon.