Founded in 1988 by Joseph Assaf AM, the Ethnic Business Awards are Australia’s longest running national business awards program, celebrating diversity and multiculturalism, and the achievements of migrants, who come to Australia with a “suitcase full of dreams”; and whose creation of new jobs, wealth and ideas, have contributed to cementing the harmony of multicultural Australia. Their ingenious and enterprising characters contribute greatly to the country’s business and social landscape, and it is the goal of the Ethnic Business Awards to celebrate their journey.
Being a migrant himself, Assaf, a Lebanese born Australian, who has been dubbed the “father of multiculturalism” in Australia, launched the awards program with an aim to “recognise and reward the contributions of migrants to the Australian economy.”
In 2010, the “Indigenous in Business” category was created to recognise the “descendants of those first Australians – the traditional owners of the land.”
In 2013, the Ethnic Business Awards celebrated 25 years of honouring the success and contribution of migrants to Australia’s business and social landscape, by reconnecting with the winners and finalists of the past 24 years through a special “where are they now?” project.
Over the last 30 years, nominations for the Awards have come from more than 100 countries of origin and covered every state and/or territory in Australia.
Since 1988, we have had over 20,000 nominations, resulting in 178 Finalists and 85 Winners and a strong and ever expanding EBA family network.
The annually held Ethnic Business Awards are televised nationally to every State and Territory across Australia, and are the country’s longest running business award on television.
The Awards aim to attract high quality business entries from an incredibly diverse group of nationalities now residing in Australia from all sectors and across all industries. In hosting the Ethnic Business Awards our vision is:
As we approach the 30th year of the Ethnic Business Awards, I find myself reflecting once again on the amazing diversity of Australian society.
Ever-increasingly, multiculturalism is helping to define and to develop not just the Australian economy, but also it’s rich and all-embracing society – on every level.
As last year’s census has shown, the percentage of this wonderful country’s migrant population is growing every year, in every state – and the great success of migrant businesses is growing along with that increased presence.
In celebrating the many successes of both New Australian and indigenous businesses once again, we also celebrate a coming together of cultures. More and more different faces are being reflected in the mirror of multiculturalism – a mirror that does not lie. It tells us that diversity is one of our greatest strengths and one of our greatest blessings.
I am proud to have played some small part in holding up that mirror not only to Australia but as an example to the world.
I offer to you all, a most sincere welcome to the 29th Ethnic Business Awards.
Since 1988, the Ethnic Business Awards have been honoring the success of migrant contributions for decades. As Australia’s longest running business awards, the Ethnic Business Awards continue to recognise and reward the valuable and innovative contributions migrants have made to Australian business and the economy.
To further its acknowledgments, the EBA added the “Indigenous in Business” category in 2010 to recognise the “descendants of those first Australians – the traditional owners of the land.” Then, in 2013, the EBA celebrated 25 years of honouring the success and contribution of migrants to Australia’s business and social landscape, by reconnecting with the winners and finalists of the past 24 years through a special “where are they now?” project.
Since the beginning of the Awards journey, we have had a strong network of sponsors supporting and promoting the Awards and the tremendous achievements that they stand for. The EBA over the years has been proudly supported by a multitude of corporate sponsors, including NAB, Arab Bank, Ethan Group, GCD Group, Singapore Airlines, Gulf Air, Emirates, China Southern Airlines, Virgin Australia Qatar Airways and MBF, along with various Government Departments, including the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Austrade and Centrelink.
The EBA have also received enormous support from various media outlets, which have provided the awards with substantial national and international exposure. These include SBS Television, Aurora Community Channel, El Telegraph (Arabic), The Sydney Korean Herald, Chieu Duong Vietnamese Daily, Sing Tao Daily Chinese Newspaper, Indian Link, Neos Kosmos (Greek) and the 1688 Chinese Newspaper Group.