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.
Latest News & Publications
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.
As an advocate for social justice and human rights, ECCV promotes the rights of community members who are the most marginalised and face the greatest barriers to social participation. ECCV has contributed to the recent community consultation about the Victorian...
ECCV is looking to hire people with lived experience of disability from CALD and Indigenous communities to undertake interviews with guest speakers and produce podcasts, broadcasts or videos for the Speak My Language (SML) program. Speak My Language is a national...
Tribute to George Zangalis - ECCV Life Member and Community Pioneer The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria is deeply saddened by the passing of George Zangalis, one of ECCV’s founders. George was a leading advocate for migrant workers through his work in the...
ECCV has welcomed two new Ambassadors to its All One Together Anti-racism campaign – the City of Port Phillip and leading national law firm, Moray & Agnew. Announced during Cultural Diversity Week, the new partnerships continue ECCV’s anti-racism work with...
Chairperson's Message: Following the publication of ECCV’s 2021-22 Pre-Budget Submission last month, we have been meeting key political leaders, government departments and sector stakeholders to brief them on priorities for Victoria’s cultural and linguistically...
ECCV Welcomes Royal Commission Recommendations for more Culturally-Responsive Mental Health Services
The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria has welcomed the release of today’s report from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, saying its recommendations will provide a much-needed path to a more culturally-responsive, respectful and equitable...
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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.