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 :
All data collected will be confidential and de-identified.
For any questions, please contact Rohini Thomas, Project Manager on 0427 199 127 or

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.

President and CEO Message 2020

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The year 2020 has only just begun, and the world has already suffered many set backs due to many natural disasters, tragedies, deaths, regional conflicts have wreaked havoc in Australia and the rest of the Globe being wildfires, floods, and earthquakes in those places and now Corona Virus – 19.

On Jan. 30, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global emergency over the spreading of coronavirus. In the face of the new deadly coronavirus, many countries have ramped up defences against the contagion, sealing borders, shutting public places and entire cities and countries going into Lockdown. I am extremely thankful to our Australia Federal Government and all State Governments who have definitely supported the real economic stimulus to help small business through these very difficult and testing times ahead. It is vital that we all support our local economy and all local and small business in order to assist both the local and wider economy.

Bushfires, unprecedented for Australia in terms of duration and intensity, have killed 33 people and an estimated 1 billion native animals, while 2,500 homes and a wilderness area the size of Greece have been destroyed. The crisis engulfing the country was called “an ecological disaster” that threatens several species, including koalas and rock wallabies. Images of burned kangaroos, koalas and possums, along with footage of people risking their lives to save native animals, have gone viral around the world. Continued hot weather, relieved only rarely by periods of light rain in the affected areas, deepened the crisis.

I can assure all the ALCCI is confident that it will remain stringent in lobbying both governments federal and state levels to ease economic burdens on business and families at large.

Again the ALCCI will also lobby the Lebanese government to ease economic burdens on business and families at large.

I am hopeful that with a strong, resilient business community; a very positive and successful 2020 will eventuate.

I am deeply indebted to Dr Salim Sfeir, Honorary Chairperson of the ALCCI and our Partner.  Also would like to thank Bank of Beirut and Bank of Sydney for their outstanding support and contribution to the sustainability of the Chamber.  And in addition to that, I want to thank all our sponsors, volunteers who have given their time and resources to support the ALCCI.  I would also take this opportunity to thank the Executive Board, The Board of Directors and the Board Members, The Business Women’s Group and The Young Entrepreneurs for their continuous hard work and commitment; I am deeply grateful.

The Hon Faddy Zouky OAM


Important updates from Austrade

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Dear Exporters

As government, businesses and community align to step up the global fight against COVID-19, I would like to provide you with some important updates from Austrade.

Exporters are advised to keep abreast of the situation.

To help, we’ve developed a COVID-19 information and insights page which we update daily. Please bookmark this page in your browser and check regularly.

Information about the recently announced International Air Freight Mechanism and extra funding for EMDG can be found here.

Austrade is open for business.

Our network of 1,100 staff is committed to helping you through this time.

We are very much part of ‘Team Australia’, the network of Government and Industry agencies and bodies that are working closely together to help Australian businesses overcome the significant and complex challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Best regards

Stephanie Fahey, Austrade CEO
Latest insights and information

Calling on Landlords and Tenants

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The Victorian Small Business Commission this morning called on small business owners and landlords to take action now and negotiate rent in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. .

You will also be aware of the Commonwealth Government’s announcement relating to JobKeeper. The JobKeeper payment is intended to provide wage subsidies to businesses that are significantly affected by COVID-19.

Further information regarding JobKeeper can be found at: . To register, visit: .

Remote Lebanon

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Dear Fellow Lebanese.

Lebanon and Lebanese are live and well, I know that when you read the word Lebanon great things came to mind.

Surely this email has reached you with a purpose to make a difference in the lives of many in our beloved country Lebanon.

Lebanese have so much to offer and I am sure you agree on that. I am writing you this email to introduce to you

“Remote Lebanon” is an initiative that will help in supporting your company’s business process to talents in Lebanon, it provides the ability to leverage and benefit from affordable and talented Lebanese staff, working for you remotely in Lebanon.

We know there are 1000 reasons to why we need to support Lebanese in Lebanon.

But We want to hear your opinion on this matter so please take part in the below survey

Also It would be great if you can take the time to think about outsourcing to Lebanon and provide jobs to the Lebanese talents.

For more information and if you would like to help in your communities (and if you can connect us with active members in the churches, mosques, Lebanese groups and organizations) please Feel free to contact me on WhatsApp

NB: Please share this message with fellow Lebanese to give hope to our talented Lebanese 

Best regards

A fellow Lebanese

Michel Haber

France: +33 6 32 45 72 65

USA: +1 650 690 87 80

Lebanon: +961 3 269 733

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Presidents Message – June 2019

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2019 has seen an astounding array of extremely successful events orchestrated by the Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ALCCI).  The main purpose of the ALCCI is to promote and engage bilateral trade between Australia, Lebanon and the Globe; and further to be the bridge/link driving successful business and trade to empower strong economic relations.

It is with my greatest honour to advise that the ALCCI was a sponsor of the Kahlil Gebran Exhibition themed The Garden of the Prophet held at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne. Half a world away and over eight decades after his death, the moment you walk into The Garden of the Prophet exhibition, Gebran immediately comes to life with his resounding words, reminding the observer that even in death, the Lebanese poet remains alive, speaking directly to his visitor. Selected works from the Gebran Museum, formerly the Monastery of Mar Sarkis in Bcharri, Lebanon have been carefully brought to Melbourne’s Immigration Museum. The great Lebanese poet, philosopher and artist who is known worldwide for his most famous literary masterpiece, The exhibition celebrated the life and works of the artistic and literary genius who has inspired some of the world’s most influential figures of our time, from Indira Ghandi to Elvis Presley, John Lennon and David Bowie.

The ALCCI was also duly proud and honoured to have hosted a private tour to the Gebran Museum in Melbourne with Mr Rudy Rahme. Mr Rahme is a renowned sculpture, painter, and a poet. Rudy studied at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) Rudy pursued his specialisation in fresco and sculpture at the “Academia Spinelli-Florence” with the assistance of the Baraldi family. Rudy has received many accolades, among which the Golden Medal in Lebanese poetry, the Said Akl Prize, and the Murex d’Or of the French city Nojance sur Marne. Rudy invented a new technique for fixing the “Pencil on Canvas” painting which was patented in his name in Florence-Italy. Mr Rahme donated one of his materpieces to the Melbourne Immigration Museum. A private luncheon was held in his honour.

The ALCCI was deeply honoured to have hosted a private dinner honouring His Excellency Sheikh Amine Gemayel, former President of the Republic of Lebanon and Mrs Joyce Gemayel, former First Lady of the Republic of Lebanon. It was a great privilege to welcome and honour His Excellency during his visit to Melbourne and Australia.

The ALCCI orchestrated a Trade Mission to Lebanon themed G’Day Marhaba Lebanon. On 1 June 2019, Australian Delegates departed to Lebanon as part of this Trade Mission to promote Australian businesses and foster and encourage relations between both countries.  Part of this Trade Mission was to take part in the LDE. Being aware of the value that the Lebanese diaspora in the world represents, and the need to foster Lebanon’s relationship with them on meaningful and sustainable grounds, the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants started in 2014 the Lebanese Diaspora Energy conference (LDE) in Lebanon. This unique event has become an annual ritual gathering eminent people of the Lebanese Diaspora in Beirut to celebrate their stories of success and engage in a strong and symbiotic partnership with their fellow countrymen, to seek investment opportunities in Lebanon. As part of its roadmap aspiring to shorten the distances between the Lebanese Diaspora and Lebanon, LDE makes yearly the journey to various destinations in the world, where regional conferences are held to promote the concept of “Lebanity”, to encourage the Lebanese Diaspora to visit and invest in Lebanon, and to celebrate their stories of success. This is a wonderful initiative by the Lebanon Government and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and wishes them every success and here I would like to thank our President of the Republic of Lebanon HE General Michel Aoun and in particular our Foreign Affairs Minister HE Gebran Bassil for his great initiative and hard work.

During the 2019 Trade Mission, the ALCCI was very fortunate to have engaged in:

  • a private meeting with His Excellency General Michel Aoun President of the Republic for Lebanon
  • a private meeting with HE Riad Salame Governor of Banque du Liban and other business associates
  • a private meeting with Her Excellency Rebekah Grindlay Australian Ambassador for Lebanon a private meeting with IDAL and Mr Nabil Itani (Chairman) and other business affiliations

And so many other meetings pursuing bilateral trade between both countries.

I am honoured and thank sincerely the organizing committee and the two keynote speakers who coordinated a Breakfast Seminar themed Post Federal Election Taxation & Business Issues which was held on 29 May 2019.  This was the first of many series of seminars that will provide a piece of invaluable information to the business community which was proudly sponsored and partnered by Bank of Sydney.

I am proud to advise that the ALCCI has mentored youth and provided with much-needed guidance and assistance.  I am proud to also confirm that many guests attend the ALCCI office in search of assistance and it is my great pleasure to confirm that I do provide them with connectivity to both business and the local and wider community

I am deeply indebted to Dr Salim Sfeir, Honorary Chairperson of the ALCCI and our Partner.  Also would like to thank Bank of Beirut and Bank of Sydney for their outstanding support and contribution to the sustainability of the Chamber.  And in addition to that, I want to thank all our sponsors, volunteers who have given their time and resources to support the ALCCI.  I would also take this opportunity to thank the Executive Board, The Board of Directors and the Board Members, The Business Women’s Group and The Young Entrepreneurs for their continuous hard work and commitment; I am deeply grateful.

It is with my outstanding joy to have been bestowed by decree from His Excellency General Michel Aoun, President of the Republic of Lebanon, HE Saad Hariri The Prime Minister for the Republic of Lebanon and HE Gebran Bassil the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Emigrants the position of Honorary Lebanese Consul General to Tasmania.  It is with my resounding privilege to honourably assist the Lebanese community in Tasmania and proudly represents the Lebanese Government.


The Hon Faddy Zouky OAM
President & Chairperson