Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV)

    The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV)’s 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.



    ECCV Pre-Budget Submission 2021-22

    The ECCV has released its 2021-22 Pre-Budget Submission to the Victorian Government.

    The submission calls for the development of a new Multicultural Strategy for Victoria and recommends more than $150 million is allocated in May’s State Budget as part of a broader revamp of the Victorian Government’s approach to engagement with migrant and refugee communities.

    The ECCV is recommending a range of initiatives focused on mental health, youth, employment, disability, older people from CALD communities, as well as a boost to the Government’s Anti-racism Strategy and community-led COVID-19 response and recovery initiatives.

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    The Victorian Government has announced that Victoria will return to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 17 February, 2021.

    However, there will be some adjustments to existing COVIDSafe Summer settings.

    • Masks will be required everywhere indoors (except in residential homes), and will be required outdoors where it is not possible to physically distance, unless a lawful exemption applies.
    • Private gatherings up to five visitors, including dependents, to be able to visit a home per day (not including infants under 12 months).
    • Public gatherings limited to 20 people.
    • Religious gatherings can resume with density limits (no patron cap)
    • Hospitals and care facilities visits will be limited to one household once per day plus existing exceptions – such as for end-of-life reasons, parents of minors, interpreters.

    For more information, visit or for exposure sites and where to get tested.

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     Chairperson’s Message

    It has been wonderful to enjoy some well-earned freedoms and be able to reconnect with family and friends over summer, thanks to the vigilance and sacrifice of all Victorians during the difficult lockdowns of 2020.

     This is shaping up to be a busy and exciting year for the ECCV, after a period of significant growth. In 2020, our expertise was sought from State and Federal Government agencies and organisations wanting culturally-responsive approaches to community issues.

    The ECCV’s expanded team is working on a range of collaborative policy, planning and community outreach programs and projects, from the aged care and disability sector to the state’s COVID-19 health response. We are proud to be helping to provide a trained bicultural workforce to engage with and respond to the changing needs of our multicultural community.

    The ECCV welcomed December’s report by the Victorian Ombudsman, Deborah Glass, which found that the extraordinary COVID-19 hard lockdown of the Flemington and North Melbourne public housing towers in July 2020 breached residents’ human rights and was contrary to law. Many of the issues raised in the Ombudsman’s report about the speed and severity of the lockdown, with no advance notice or explanation to residents, were in line with our submission to the Ombudsman’s inquiry.

     We have been encouraged by the steps the State Government has taken in recent months to address some of the issues faced by residents and the lessons learnt, including an investment in new social housing, investment in new community facilities and a commitment to capturing resident voices early and consult with organisations that work with these communities to find solutions to community-level problems.

     Through our knowledge, experience and strong member networks, organisations such as the ECCV have an increasingly important role to play informing future responses and improving services through a multicultural diversity, equity and inclusion lens.

     We look forward to sharing updates on the upcoming FECCA conference in November, which will bring together community representatives from across the country at a critical time.

     We are also pleased to be providing a pathway for next-generation leaders to develop their knowledge and skills of governance and leadership in our culturally diverse community through the ECCV Intercultural Young Advocacy Leadership (IYAL) Group. Following a successful pilot of the program, we are currently calling for applications from young people from culturally diverse backgrounds to join the IYAL group, which will add another important voice for multicultural Victoria.

     The Scanlon Foundation’s recent Mapping Social Cohesion report and handling of Collingwood Football Club’s racism report demonstrate there is still much work to be done to tackle racism and discrimination, counter prevailing negative attitudes about some CALD communities in Australia and rethink the basis of Australian identity in our increasingly diverse multicultural community.

    Eddie Micallef


    COVID-19 Information

    We understand that you may be feeling worried, anxious and overwhelmed about COVID-19 and the impacts it has on  your daily life, family and community, especially when we are experiencing social distancing. These resources can help keep you informed, connected and safe:

    COVID-19 Phone Numbers

    • Coronavirus hotlineIf you suspect you may have the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days – on 1800 675 398

    If you are an NDIS participant you can also call the national hotline on 1800 020 080

    If you need an interpreter, please call 131 450 first.

    COVID-19 Resources

    For more information, please write to us on or call 9354 9555.

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    The NDIS Provider Guide has been produced to assist existing and aspiring culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) NDIS providers in their understanding of their role and responsibilities as NDIS providers.

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    Join the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees to call for justice and a fair go for refugees on 28 March, 2pm at the State Library.

    The Walk is organised to comply with public health requirements. More info here:

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    ECCV today published its Pre-Budget submission, calling for a new Multicultural Strategy for Victoria and a $150 million investment to support migrant and refugee communities. THREAD (1/3)
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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