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. 

    Recent News


    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.

    Media Release: ECCV welcomes appointment of new Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson

    The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria congratulates Ms Vivienne Nguyen on her appointment as the new Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC).

    ECCV travels to Shepparton and Wodonga to meet with regional communities

    ECCV Executive Officer Chris Christoforou was pleased to travel to Shepparton and Wodonga in late May to meet with staff and Board members of regional Ethnic Communities’ Councils.

    Chairperson’s Message: Response to reports of proposed name change for The Immigration Museum

    Dear Reader,

    The Immigration Museum has become an iconic Victorian institution, recognized internationally for preserving our shared immigrant heritage, valuing our rich and vibrant multicultural society and honoring our fore parents, for the sake of our future generations.

    The Immigration Museum continues to play a vital role as much for its historical significance as for its contemporary relevance.

    We are proud of the Immigrant’s legacy that has built the foundation for this modern nation and which continues to be highly revered in Victoria.

    The ECCV is concerned about reports of a proposed name change and the indictment this is to have on the community.
    We pay our respects to the First Nations people of the Kulin nation and in doing so recognize that we have all settled as subsequent immigrants to this nation.

    We look forward to working with Museums Victoria to continue to uphold and build upon the Immigration Museum as an iconic landmark.

    Warm regards,

    Cr Kris Pavlidis 

    ECCV Chairperson

    The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria is pleased to present its new management team to members and stakeholders…

    Chairperson’s Message: NAIDOC Week – 7th – 14th July

    Dear Reader,

    Happy NAIDOC Week!

    ECCV, the Voice of Multicultural Victoria, stands firmly with First Nations people in their quest for recognition, self-determination and restitution as acknowledged in this year’s NAIDOC Week theme “VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH. Let’s work together for a shared future”.

    We applaud the Victorian State Government for advancing treaty negotiations with Aboriginal Victorians. The disproportionate social and economic disadvantage that Aboriginal Victorians continue to experience is our collective responsibility to redress.

    This year, ECCV dedicates a flagship event, the Walter Lippmann Memorial Oration to the United Nations 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages.

    Language and culture are critical determinants of health and social connectedness. We acknowledge their importance to Aboriginal Victorians, the oldest continuous culture in the world who are striving to reclaim their language and culture and own this proudly as their unique identity.

    As migrant Australians, we understand the significance of language and culture in defining who we are. ECCV highly values and respects the right of all Victorians to celebrate, share and practice safely their cultural and linguistic heritage.

    I strongly encourage all Victorians to find out more about NAIDOC Week. This is a valuable opportunity to connect with our Aboriginal fellow Victorians and find out more about their cultures.

    You can find more information about the many exciting events being held within Victoria and throughout Australia as part of NAIDOC Week by visiting the NAIDOC website at


    Warm regards,

    Cr Kris Pavlidis 

    ECCV Chairperson

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    Be the voice of your community! Joining the @multiculturevic’s Regional Advisory Councils (RACs). For further information & to apply, visit Applications close on 30 September 2019.

    Need help to nominate an extraordinary group or individual for Victoria’s #MulticulturalAwards for Excellence 2019? Find out how easy it is to nominate in our ‘How To’ guide. Submissions close in just 10 days: tell us who your #DiversityHeroes are!

    The 9th annual Walter Lippmann Memorial Oration will be delivered by Professor Marcia Langton AM on 3 October 2019 at Melbourne Town Hall. Don't miss out on this spectacular evening! Register now atr #WLO2019

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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