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The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria Inc. (ECCV) is the peak body for ethnic and multicultural organisations in Victoria. It is a community based, member driven organisation committed to empowering people from diverse multicultural backgrounds. We are proud to have been the key advocate for culturally diverse communities in Victoria since 1974. For over 35 years we have been the link between multicultural communities, government and the wider community.

We have a volunteer Executive headed by a chairperson and full-time professional staff who are engaged in representation, advocacy, policy development and capacity building.

The organisation advocates and lobbies all levels of government on behalf of multicultural communities in areas like human rights, access and equity, improving services, racism and discrimination, community harmony, employment, education and training, health and community services, disability, child protection law and justice, and arts and culture. We advocate on any issue that is of concern to our members.

We also help build the capacity of new and emerging communities and develop policy on a wide range of issues including undertaking original research often in collaboration with major tertiary institutions. 

Our membership base is broad and diverse. It's open to organisations with an ethnic or multicultural focus, organisations with an interest in these areas, or individuals who support the work we do. Explore our website to find out in detail what we do and visit Become a Member to apply to join us.

In 2008, ECCV was funded by the Victorian Multicultural Commission under a Community Strengthening grant to produce a history of the organisation. We believe that the history of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, Australia’s oldest federation of migrant, ethnic and refugee associations is worthy of recording and will provide very interesting reading for those with an interest in Australian society.

The impetus for this project follows a growing interest in recording the Council’s colourful past for future posterity and sharing the story of its place in Victoria’s evolving multicultural society with a wide audience.

Extensive research for the book has already been undertaken into the Council’s 35 year history, including personal interviews and anecdotes from many of the key players involved in the day-to-day operations and the broader community and political sphere of the time. All of this will be published and launched at a gala dinner in the latter half of 2009.

Click here for more information about the project and the launch of the ECCV History book 'Many Hopes One Dream'.

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