Our vision is of a culturally diverse and harmonious society that is just, fair and inclusive where all people have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to community life.
Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) was established in 1974 as a small voluntary community based organisation and has grown to become the peak advocacy body representing ethnic and multicultural communities in Victoria. We have a volunteer executive led by a chairperson and other office bearers who are elected biannually. It is managed by a Director who leads a team of dedicated full and part-time professional staff who are engaged in advocacy, representation, policy development and building the capacity of our members.
For over 35 years we have remained the principal liaison point between ethnic communities, government and the wider community in Victoria. ECCV has been a key player in building Victoria as a successful, harmonious and multicultural community.
We advocate and lobby all levels of government on behalf of multicultural communities on social justice, access and equity and human rights issues and have as some of ourpriorities areas requiring reform such as; aged care services, settlement services, discrimination and racism, community harmony, employment, education and training, health and community services, law and justice, women's issues and arts and culture.
Our role includes supporting, consulting, liaising with and providing information to Victoria’s ethnic communities. At the end of 2011 ECCV had 210 member organisations representing over 60 ethnicities and 65,000 members. All organisations with an ethnic or multicultural focus, organisations with an interest in these areas, or individuals who support our work are encouraged to apply for membership. Click here for an application flyer or go to "Become a Member" on the Home page.