Announcements of the Consulate

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Signing of the book: Lebanese in Australia: A Changing Mosaic

On 24 November 2019, a book by Trevor and Andrew Batrouney entitled: LEBANESE IN AUSTRALIA: A CHANGING MOSAIC was signed at the Northcote Town Hall with the participation of some members of the Lebanese Community.

The book contains important information about the waves of Lebanese migration to Australia from the 1880s to today, and how they integrated and contributed to Australian society in all its fields, as well as some old photographs and documents of this migration.

The book can be viewed on the publisher's website:

Parliamentary by-elections in the small district in Tyre on 15 September 2019

The by-elections in the Small District in Tyre will be held on 15 September 2019 in accordance to the Majority System, and since the voting process will not take place abroad, Lebanese Citizens residing abroad and whose names are on the voters' lists in this district can exercise their right to vote at the selected election polls in the Small District in Tyre

 Exemption from transfer fees and real estate settlement of properties on which Palestinian camps are located

Article 29 of the General Budget Act and Subsequent Budgets of 2019 - Section 3 –that was issued on 31/7/2019, states: "Exceptionally, and contrary to any other provision, owners of properties on which the Palestinian camps are located are exempt from transfer fees of property and real estate settlement upon their transfer to immediate inheritors until the 31st of March 2020."

Accordingly, the Consulate General in Melbourne calls upon the owners of these properties in the Lebanese community to take advantage of this law before the deadline.

 Melbourne, 8/8/2019

Preserving the Arabic Language

The Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne urges the Lebanese community to preserve their mother tongue by teaching their children the Arabic language, reading and writing, and to this end provides the following website of the Victorian Government for the teaching of languages (Victorian School of Languages: where a student can enter the post code for the area in which he/she is living to find the nearest school close to his/her residence from a list of approved schools that teaches Arabic language on Saturdays.

The consulate also lists below a number of Lebanese-Australian schools that teach our mother tongue and invite the Lebanese community to register in them

Antonine College

Cedar Campus

130 Harding St

Coburg VIC 3058

Tel: (03) 9354 1377

Saint Joseph Campus

71 Grandview Ave

Pascoe Vale South 3044



Glenroy Private School

93 Daley St

Glenroy VIC 3046

Tel: (03) 9306 7988



(Al Kamal Arabic School (Saturday classes)

Thomas Mitchell Primary School

Thomas Mitchell Drive

Endeavour Hills Vic 3802

Tel: 0434 540 404


A draw was held on the 2
nd of April for the first return ticket to Lebanon for those who applied to rest
 their Lebanese nationality

On April 2, 2019, a draw was held at the Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne for the first return ticket to Lebanon for those who submitted their citizenship applications since the prize was announced in October 2018. The ticket was won by Mr. Andrew Batrouney, who attended the offices of the Consulate General and received his prize from the Consul General Dr. Ziad Itani.

Mr. Batrouney expressed his delight in winning the return ticket, which is an opportunity for him to visit the ancestral land to learn more about its archaeological and touristic attractions and visit his home town.

A second return ticket will be drawn on the Independence Day in November 2019. The consulate General calls upon all descendants of Lebanese origin, to submit their applications to benefit from this draw.

Voting for the Lebanese who are residing outside Lebanon in the upcoming By-Elections in Tripoli on the 14th of April 2019

The Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne invites all Lebanese residing in Victoria, according to the decision of the Constitutional Council number 10, dated 21-02-2019, who wish to participate in the voting process on the 14th of April 2019, to fill the vacant parliamentary seat in Tripoli which will be run on one course and according to the majority ballot, to view the electoral lists belonging to the small Tripoli district in North Lebanon governorate, via the following link:

Please note: Those wishing to participate in the poll must come in person to Lebanon with a Lebanese identity card
or a valid Lebanese passport.

Decreeby the Lebanese Minister of Tourism regarding the organization of Beauty Pageantevents in Lebanon and abroad dated 14/11/2018


The Lebanese Minister of Tourism, Mr.AvedisGuidanianissued Decree No. 282 dated 14/11/2018 regarding the organization of Beauty Pageantevents in Lebanon and abroad, which consists of three articles:

Article 1: The establishment and organization of the Miss Lebanonevents, whether held and organized in Lebanon or abroad, and all other beauty ceremonies held in Lebanon, be it by Lebanese or none Lebanese individuals or organizations, shall be subject to a license issued by the Minister of Tourism pursuant to the provisions of Article 4 of the Decree 9427/68.

Article 2: Any violation of the provisions of Article 1 of this decree will result in the election’soutcome not being recognizedby the Lebanese authorities, and local and international bodies will be notified and advisednot to give recognition and the provisions of Article 770 of the Penal Code shall be applied against the violator.

Article 3: All decisions that contradict with the provisions of this decree shall be canceled.

Article 4: This decree is published where necessary and shall be effective immediately upon its publication in the Public Journal.

Implementing the Lebanese Migrant Museum 26/10/2018

In the process of equipping the Lebanese Migrant Museum in Lebanon to document the history of Lebanese dispersion in the world and with the objective of preserving the cultural heritage for future generations, the Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne kindley asks the Lebanese community to provide it with images and films related to expatriates or any ancient items that can be displayed in the museum, using the highest technologies and visual and acoustic effects

An example of what can be provided to the consulate: Old identity cards, old passports, photographs of old visa stamps, photographs of old title deeds, old possessions of immigrants, letters highlighting the relationship between the immigrant and his family, old newspapers or publications, or any old belongings that you may consider suitable to be displayed at the museum.

The opening of Gibran Khalil Gibran's Exhibition in Melbourne on 27/11/2018 

The Gibran Khalil Gibran (Kahlil Gibran) exhibition was opened on 27/11/2018 at the Immigration Museum in Melbourne under the title "The Garden of the Prophet".  The exhibition includes a number of paintings and writings of Gibran Khalil Gibran, as well as some of his personal items, which were brought specifically to Melbourne from the Museum of Gibran in Bsharri to showcase the works of the writer and the great Lebanese poet to the Lebanese community, the descendants of Lebanese origin and the Australians.  The Consulate General encourages everyone to visit the exhibition which will run from 28 November 2018 to 17 March 2019. The exhibition was sponsored by the Bank of Sydney and the Gibran Khalil Gibran National Committee, with funding from the Council for Australian Arab Relations of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The exhibition is located at:
Immigration Museum
400 Flinders St, MELBOURNE 3000

The new option to renew Biometric Passports for ten years starting from 5/9/2018 

The Lebanese Consulate General in Melbourne announces that adult Lebanese citizens are eligible to exchange their biometric passports for another biometric passport with 10 years validity, (cost $521.00).  The option of renewing the ordinary non-biometricand machine-readable passports (2003 Version) remains unchanged, for a one year validity, (cost $62.50) or a five year validity, (cost $312.50). The applications will be sent to the General Directorate of General Security in Lebanon to be implemented and returned to the Mission. These applications can be sent by diplomatic pouch or by DHL according to the existing procedures available on the following website:

Details request from the Lebanese - Australian Clubs -  1/08/2018  

  The Consulate General of Lebanon in Melbourne kindly requests that all Lebanese - Australian clubs, associations and organizations, (civil, religious, political, media, etc…) operating in the State of Victoria, provide this mission with a clear and full detailed list that includes the name of the club/association/organization, postal, website and social media addresses (if available), names of the President and Administrative Board members with their titles, postal addresses, and emails for the purpose of renewing the Consulate’s data base and to facilitate future communication in preparation for various invitations and events. In order to achieve this goal, the Mission also requests to be periodically informed of any changes in the names, addresses and emails that may take place in any future elections or appointments.

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