Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV)

    The Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) mission is to work to ensure that we remain a member driven peak body committed to empowering people from culturally diverse backgrounds. We strive to give voice to multicultural Victoria. We strive to advocate for human rights, freedom, respect, equality and dignity for ethnic and multicultural communities and in building a socially cohesive and inclusive Victorian community.

    The organisation advocates and lobbies all levels of government on behalf of multicultural communities in areas like human rights, access and equity and improving services. As our core business we advocate on any issue that is of concern to our members.

    We are proud to have been the key advocate for culturally diverse communities in Victoria since 1974. 

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    ECCV AGM 2019: Call for Board Nominations

    2019 is an election year. ECCV is inviting nominations for 14 Board Member vacancies for the 2019-2021 period.

    Only current financial Ordinary Member organisations can nominate and vote.

    Nominations open on Tuesday 15th October 2019 and close on Wednesday 6th November 2019 at 5pm.

    ECCV Chairperson's Message

    Dear Reader, 

    Welcome to the September edition of the ECCV Chair’s message!

    ECCV recently hosted its inaugural Members Forum, which was a highly successful, informative and well-attended event. 

    The Forum presented a perfect opportunity to actively engage with our member constituency and identify key advocacy issues. We are developing strategic actions to address the issues raised. 

    As an advocacy organization everything we do is validated through an evidence base. Members confirmed the value in a coordinated advocacy approach and the need for more forums in the future. 

    We look forward to hosting the next Members Forum in the near future where we can further collaborate on advocacy priorities for culturally diverse communities throughout Victoria.

    ECCV was proud to nominate one of its Intercultural Young Advocacy Leaders, Mohammed Yassin, as Community Representative to the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Mohammed is an active IYAL leader and we warmly congratulate him on his VMC appointment. 

    We were also pleased to support the Hope for Harmony Forum, which aimed to further promote social cohesion while addressing racism at the local level. As part of the Forum, ECCV’s Advocacy Leader Zuleika Arashiro delivered a highly engaging and thought provoking workshop.

    I was pleased to represent ECCVs advocacy at the Parliamentary Senate inquiry into sustainable employment for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

    ECCV is delighted to forge a strong relationship with the Victorian Immigration Museum to ensure a strong and representative community voice remains a priority within this state. 

    Recent discussions have helped define the cooperative synergy with the ECCV and highlighted the significance of honouring the proud migrant legacy of this nation, through the iconic Immigration Museum. 

    Recently, ECCV met with the Hon. Martin Foley, Minister for Mental Health, Equality and Creative Industries, to galvanize the message of the need to continue to work collaboratively with Victorian communities and preserve Victoria’s proud immigrant heritage. 

    After all ‘Immigration’ is not a dirty word. In respectfully acknowledging the First Nations people, we accept that we are all subsequent immigrants of this nation. 

      We look forward to further conversations to advance and have input into the strategic direction of this highly revered and culturally significant Victorian icon.

    Warm Regards

    Cr Kris Pavlidis

    ECCV Chairperson

    Media Release: ECCV forges a strong relationship with Immigration Museum to ensure a strong, representative community voice remains a priority for Museums Victoria

    The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria is delighted to work with Museums Victoria towards a renewed commitment to culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Victoria.

    ECCV hosts VMC Chair on her second public engagement

    The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria was honoured to have the new VMC Chairperson, Vivienne Nguyen, attend the ECCV Member Forum on 5 September 2019.

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    ECCV AGM 2019: We invite nominations for 14 Board Member vacancies for the 2019-2021 period. Only current financial Ordinary Member organisations can nominate & vote. Nominations opened on Tues, 15 Oct & close on Wed, 6 Nov at 5pm.

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    This Saturday, our friends at Community Abundance Inc are hosting a FREE one day workshop on early childhood NDIS support.
    There will be representatives from Link Health & Community and @NDIS.
    Please share with your networks and register to attend

    Meet Rukaiyah! A Law graduate advocating for equal opportunity, Rukaiyah is a young leader who has led numerous youth initiatives.

    If you're interested in the future of Victoria's multicultural youth too, register for the "Why We Matter" Forum:

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    We are proud to recognise the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, as the first Australians, cultural leaders and traditional custodians of the land from which we advocate for ethnic community groups. We pay our respects to their elders, past & present.

    ECCV Statement: Recognising the Rights of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders 


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    Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
    Suite 101, 398 Sydney Road,
    Coburg VIC 3058
    Phone: 9354 9555