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.
I congratulate all Victorians throughout this state for their tireless and ongoing work in combatting and containing the COVID 19 pandemic. It is heartening to see consecutive days of zero community transmission cases in our beloved state. This is because of the hard work and sacrifice of each and every Victorian. It is particularly uplifting to see that trends are suggesting that we may be able to celebrate Christmas with family and friends in a COVID-safe way.
This week is NAIDOC Week. ECCV is honoured to celebrate Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, culture, history, knowledge and achievement as part of our strategic goals. In NAIDOC Week, we acknowledge the ongoing efforts of First Nations peoples to retain the right to natural and cultural assets on this ancestral land, and offer our continuing support. ECCV cannot advocate for respect for culture and diversity, if we are unable to foster respect for the diversity of cultures among Australia’s First Nations peoples.
As part of a range of other important initiatives, I am delighted to announce that ECCV has released a policy paper, which focuses crucially on the provision of health literacy and language services during the pandemic. Through community consultations, surveys and focus groups, ECCV has gathered a clearer picture of how culturally diverse Victorians see the role of professional interpreting services in navigating and accessing the health system.
Separately to this, there were great discussions and insights shared to drive collaboration in the community sector at the ECCV Member Forum held in October. As a member-driven peak body, ECCV’s advocacy priorities are led by the knowledge, experiences and expertise of our valued members. The team at ECCV are compiling all ideas and insights and will share these with stakeholders in the coming weeks. I’m pleased to announce that our team at ECCV has significantly grown. In the past month, we have had a team of Community Outreach Workers and three CALD Consumer Representatives join us. We are excited for the contributions these new staff team members will make towards the increasingly important and targeted work we are being required to do.
ECCV has partnered with InTouch and Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, supported by the Municipal Association of Victoria, for a digital campaign to mark Respect Victoria’s ‘16 Days of Activism 2020’ campaign beginning November 25. Please follow our social channels for campaign messaging informed by these expert organisations. Finally, it is with great pleasure that I would like to announce the date for ECCV’s 2020 Annual General Meeting on 3 December 2020. This year, we will be joined by the the Hon. Josh Bull MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs as a keynote speaker. Formal notice to members and invitations to stakeholders to follow.
I continue to commend our Board Members, Executive Officer and staff for their hard work and commitment in making this all possible. We look forward to continuing to support, inform and collaborate with the Victorian community to care for and strengthen each other.
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 hotline: If 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.
- Department of Social Services Support Line – If you’ve lost income because of COVID 19 measures, call the dedicated hotline to see what support you can access – 1300 653 227
- National Debt Helpline: If you are in financial difficulty, free support is available at the National Debt Helpline: 1800 007 007. You can speak to a financial counsellor to get advice.
- Business Victoria coronavirus hotline: Businesses seeking advice about whether they are affected can also call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15.
- Australian Human Rights Commission: For information regarding discrimination or any other human rights violation, please contact National Information Service on 1300 656 419 (restricted hours)
- If you are distressed, please seek support from Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline 13 11 14
- In-language information about racial discrimination and race hate complaints translated in to 63 languages
- Important information from VCOSS regarding COVID-19 and the community sector
- National Debt Helpline’s COVID 19 Financial Survival Guide and Resources
- Cancer Council ‘Cancer & COVID-19’ English factsheet here. Support and information resources are available in 12 languages. If you would like to speak to someone in your own language, please call 13 14 50 and ask for Cancer Council or the Coronavirus Health Information Line.
- Important information for renters, business and others from Consumer Affairs Victoria
- Important information for NDIS providers: Minimising the risk of exposure to COVID-19
- Australia Council for the Arts COVID 19 Response package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.
- Easy English COVID 19 Information sheets and resources
- Australian federal government’s economic response to COVID 19
- Latest updates and information on COVID 19 from the Victorian government’s Department of Health and Human Services
- FAQS regarding the virus, its transmission and testing, and preventative measures.
- In-language information regarding COVID 19 from Victorian government’s Department of Health and Human Services
- Latest updates and information from the Australian government’s Department of Health
- You can get help and information on looking after our mental health and wellbeing from: Lifeline and Beyondblue
- Embrace Multicultural Mental Health also have information for CALD communities
- Contact numbers of support services for women experiencing family violence from InTouch – Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
- Warm Safe Home for Older Victorians who may be experiencing financial hardships can connect with a financial counsellor who may be able to help
- From VCOSS: financial and emergency relief support & specialist services available to migrants, refugees and international students
For more information, please write to us on email@example.com or call 9354 9555.
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.