New and Emerging Communities Policy Sub-Committee

The ECCV New and Emerging Communities Policy Sub-Committee work will be based on issues which include, but is not limited to:

  • People who come to Australia on a humanitarian visa
  • Small and emerging groups who face social and economic disadvantages, who have little to no resources, such as Pacific Islanders, secondary refugees
  • Issues relating to settlement
  • Issues relating to refugees and asylum seekers



  • Joint FECCA, ECCV and MCNT Submission to the Evaluation of Humanitarian Settlement Services and Complex Case Support programmes Download


  • ECCV submission to the ACIL Allen Consulting Evaluation of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) Download
  • ECCV Position Paper on the impact of Ebola in West Africa on multicultural Victorian communities Download
  • ECCV Roundtable Summary Report - A Better Option: Asylum Seekers Living in the Community in Victoria Download
  • ECCV Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission on the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention Download
  • ECCV Submission on the Migration Programme for 2014-2015 to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Download
  • ECCV Intern Research Paper Insights into adapting to change: women from new and emerging communities Download


  • ECCV Position Paper Asylum Seekers Download
  • ECCV Position Paper on Contemporary Migration Patterns Download


  • ECCV New and Emerging Position Paper Download
Our committee met three times in 2012 after a few months’ 
hiatus. To re-invigorate this sub-committee we examined its 
membership, looked at the need for a defi nition of new and 
emerging communities, assessed priority issues and invited 
guest speakers. We successfully enlisted a balanced 
membership from diverse new and emerging ethnic 
groups that represent varied geographical regions and 
service providers; however there is still scope for additional 
participation of relevant groups.
Our achievements, whilst they are signifi cant, have been 
at varying stages of advocacy. One accomplishment was the 
development of an ECCV Position Paper on new and emerging 
communities to provide a defi nition and better understanding of 
what constitutes new and emerging communities.
We identifi ed a signifi cant priority issue as housing and 
tenancy disadvantage faced by people from refugee 
backgrounds. Our response initiative was to host a guest 
speaker on the report: Making it Home – Refugee Housing 
in Melbourne’s West (Berta 2011) from the Footscray 
Community Legal Centre. We subsequently made a policy 
submission to the Victorian Department of Human Services 
on A Fair and Sustainable Social Housing System with 
recommendations to improve conditions for people from 
refugee and emerging community backgrounds.

If you are from a new and emerging community, we are always happy to hear from you.  Please do not hesitate to contact us on telling us what challenges and issues you face in your new and emerging communities.

Parsuram Sharma-Luital

Convenor of New & Emerging Communities Community


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