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.

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     Chairperson’s Message

    ECCV has been a leading voice for multiculturalism in Victoria since 1974. Our establishment one year after the White Australia policy officially ended, is testament to ECCV’s continuing legacy and influence across the changing face of Australia over the last 46 years.

    ECCV is proud to be one of the oldest advocacy organisations for migrants, refugees and multiculturalism in the country. We have played a role in supporting the establishment of so many other institutions in our history that today carry the flag for cultural and linguistic diversity in Victoria including 3ZZZ, InTouch – Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, Action on Disability in Ethnic Communities and Western English Language School.

    With this context, I was particularly delighted to sign off on ECCV’s Strategic Plan 2020 – 25. Our new Strategic Plan will guide us and our members on key priorities over the next 5 years, during which time we will also be celebrating ECCV’s 50th Anniversary. This will be a major milestone and reason to acknowledge all that has been achieved and all that we can continue to deliver for a just, equitable and inclusive Victoria. 

    I would like to again thank Richard Dent OAM for his outstanding work in leading the strategic planning process for ECCV, and all those members and stakeholders who gave up their time to inform and help develop a strengths based, forward looking plan that positions ECCV to respond to current challenges and future opportunities across the state. 

    I am also very pleased to announce that the ECCV team is growing as we welcome more than 20 new staff over the next month. ECCV has been contracted to deliver the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) component of the NDIS National Community Connector Program across north-west and northern Melbourne and the City of Greater Shepparton. We are also welcoming a COVID-19 Outreach team, funded by the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria fund, to better connect harder to reach migrant and refugee communities impacted by coronavirus with available supports. 

    COVID-19 continues to pose a number of unique challenges for CALD communities, and I have been pleased to work with the Victorian Government’s CALD Communities Taskforce and the Victorian Multicultural Commission to look at ways of including diverse communities in decision-making and leading community solutions to the pandemic. ECCV remains an important voice on the shape of these responses. To this end, we were pleased to release a Policy Brief on CALD seniors in the context of COVID-19 and we understand that an announcement from the Minister for Multicultural Affairs is imminent on these issues. 

    I want to commend our Board Members, staff and membership organisations for their tireless work in supporting various ethnic communities throughout Victoria in the very challenging times we have been living through. I remain optimistic that better times lay ahead.

    Eddie Micallef

    Updated COVID 19 restrictions in Victoria: Roadmaps

    COVID Normal Plan Summary

    COVID Normal Plan Summary

    From 11.59pm on Wednesday 16 September Third Step restrictions apply throughout regional Victoria.
    From 11:59pm on Sunday 27 September Second Step restrictions apply in metropolitan Melbourne.
    Restrictions will be eased when requirements are met and are based on Public Health advice. The roadmap to reopening includes dates when it is expected Victoria will meet case number requirements. Regional Victoria and Melbourne Metro each have their own roadmaps, relating to how many active cases are currently in the community. Click on the buttons below for more details: 

    More information:


    Face covering and masks

    All Victorians must wear a face covering if you need to leave home.

    • Information for people with a disability on face coverings and masks
    • If you cannot purchase or make a face mask an alternative form of covering including a scarf or bandana may be used.
    • Infants and children under the age of 12 are not required to wear a face covering. Due to risk of choking it is not safe to use a mask on child under two years of age.
    • A fine of $200 may be issued to people who do not wear a face covering and do not have a valid reason for exception.
    • Valid reasons for not wearing a mask are included on this page


    The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has translated the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s video about face masks into 14 different languages. There are also helpful videos on making your own masks from The Social Studio on the channel.





    To ensure the safety of our staff and the community we serve, the ECCV staff team is continuing to work from home during this time. We are delivering NDIS information sessions, and hosting forums, workshops and consultations via the Internet. Our staff team will continue to be in touch with partners, stakeholders and funders via video or teleconferencing as required.


    We thank you for your understanding and ask that you follow our social media channels to stay across updates regarding ECCV events and other news.


    We are determined to act in the interest of the community, by reducing risk where possible and stemming the spread of the virus.


    If you need to get in touch with ECCV, please call 9354 9555 or write to us at

    Important information and key resources

    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:

    Important 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.

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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