Who We Are

    Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is a member and Victorian representative council of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA).

    Our Vision: Our vision is of a culturally diverse and harmonious society that is just, fair and inclusive where all people have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to, community life.

    Our Mission: Our 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.

    Our Values: Integrity, Respect, Equality, Empowerment, Social cohesion, Innovation

    What We Do

    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 also help build the capacity of new and emerging communities and develop policy on a wide range of issues including undertaking original research often in collaboration with major tertiary institutions.

    Our History

    We are proud to have been the key advocate for culturally diverse communities in Victoria since 1974.

    Life Members

    • George Zangalis
    • Peter Mandelj
    • Professor Maurice Cauchi
    • Ton Westerveld
    • Morley Pereira OAM (deceased)
    • Giovanni Sgro (deceased)
    • Victor Borg (deceased)



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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 


    Connect with ECCV

    Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
    Suite 101, 398 Sydney Road,
    Coburg VIC 3058
    Phone: 9354 9555
    Email: eccv@eccv.org.au