Media Releases

Former Premier Steve Bracks announced as patron of ECCV

Former Premier Steve Bracks announced as patron of ECCV

MEDIA RELEASE The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is pleased to announce the appointment of former Victorian Premier, the Hon Steve Bracks AC, as our new patron. The appointment was announced at last night’s ECCV Annual General Meeting, where Mr Bracks...

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Statement from ECCV Chair on Humanitarian Situation in Gaza

Statement from ECCV Chair on Humanitarian Situation in Gaza

We are deeply concerned by the ongoing situation in Gaza, which has led to the devastating loss of lives, the displacement of families and communities, and the widespread destruction of homes and infrastructure. Just as we condemned Hamas for its October 7 attacks and...

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ECCV statement on the Israel-Hamas conflict

ECCV statement on the Israel-Hamas conflict

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) is deeply concerned about the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. We strongly condemn the indiscriminate and abhorrent attacks carried out by Hamas on Israel. Our hearts go out to all those affected by the violence...

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ECCV welcomes proposed gambling harm protections

ECCV welcomes proposed gambling harm protections

MEDIA RELEASE The Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV) welcomes the reforms announced yesterday to protect Victorians from gambling harm. Targeted measures are needed to address problem gambling in multicultural communities. ECCV CEO, Mo Elrafihi said: "We...

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Introducing our new CEO

Introducing our new CEO

Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) Chairperson, Eddie Micallef, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mo Elrafihi as Chief Executive Officer. Over the past decade, Mo has provided strategic public policy advice to the Victorian Government. He has worked...

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ECCV congratulates the Andrews Government on election win

ECCV congratulates the Andrews Government on election win

ECCV congratulates the Andrews Labor Government on being elected for a third term. We will continue to work very closely with the Government and bring to its attention the issues affecting Victoria’s multicultural communities. ECCV chairperson Eddie Micallef welcomed...

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Welcoming Labor’s $3.5 million pledge for ECCV

Welcoming Labor’s $3.5 million pledge for ECCV

ECCV welcomes Premier Daniel Andrews' commitment that a re-elected Labor Government will invest $3.5 million to support and strengthen the work of ECCV. Mr Andrews acknowledged the critical role ECCV plays as the peak body representing Victoria’s multicultural...

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Media Release: Improving emergency management

Media Release: Improving emergency management

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) welcomes the $500,000 investment in the Multicultural Emergency Management Partnership (MEMP), announced yesterday by the Victorian Government as part of its funding package to help support flood-affected communities...

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ECCV State Election Platform launched

ECCV State Election Platform launched

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria has released its policy platform for the upcoming Victorian Election. ECCV’s State Election Platform 2022 is calling on all parties to learn from the experiences and systemic gaps exposed by the pandemic and take action to...

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Advancing Multicultural Australia – #FECCA22

Advancing Multicultural Australia – #FECCA22

Australia’s premier national conference on multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion is taking place this week in Melbourne, bringing together more than 850 multicultural leaders and changemakers, young and emerging voices, academics and other key thought leaders from...

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ECCV Victorian State Budget Analysis 22-23

ECCV Victorian State Budget Analysis 22-23

Overview The 2022-23 Budget was delivered on 3 May 2022, almost a year after the 2021-22 Budget. This year’s Budget is designed to address almost two years of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, with significant investments in healthcare and service delivery....

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Budget response: Mixed bag for multicultural communities

Budget response: Mixed bag for multicultural communities

ECCV welcomes the strong emphasis placed on investment in health infrastructure, mental health, employment and education in yesterday’s Victorian Budget, but is concerned that a more targeted approach will be needed to ensure funding reaches migrant and refugee...

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Emiliano Zucchi Appointed as CEO of ECCV

Emiliano Zucchi Appointed as CEO of ECCV

ECCV is pleased to announce the appointment of Emiliano Zucchi to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Emiliano comes to ECCV from Northern Health, where has been the Director of the Transcultural & Language Services (TALS) department and the Narrun Wilip-giin...

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Culturally Responsive Mental Health Paper Released

Culturally Responsive Mental Health Paper Released

  Call for a New Framework for a Culturally Responsive and Safe Mental Health System in Victoria The impact of the failures of the state’s mental health system on the mental health and wellbeing of Victoria’s migrant and refugee communities and recommendations for a...

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ECCV State Budget Response

ECCV State Budget Response

ECCV Welcomes Victorian State Budget investment in multicultural communities, mental health and COVID-19 response ECCV has welcomed the Victorian Government’s $23.7 million investment in new initiatives for multicultural communities in today’s State Budget, including...

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2020

December

ECCV commemorates Human Rights Day by welcoming Darebin City Council and Port Melbourne “Sharks” to the All One Together anti-racism alliance

Statement: An important step to end harmful practices to suppress and change gender identity and sexual orientation

November

Victoria’s social and economic recovery needs to be built on multicultural communities

October

Statement from ECCV Chair – Multiculturalism makes us stronger: Pondering the role of media in post-COVID Australia

Communicating about COVID-19: Health Literacy and Language Services During the Pandemic

September

ECCV concerned over lack of consultation over ‘values test’ in new citizenship test

Seniors’ Clubs: Positive Ageing Hubs for CALD Seniors are At Risk of Closing Down

August

A step in the right direction: Victorian Government announcement for additional $14.3m to support multicultural communities

Lack of coordination with Victoria’s multicultural expertise may have hampered COVID-19 response

July

Making Sense of the ‘New Normal’: Impacts of COVID-19 on mental health, employment, social cohesion in ECCV’s member community

ECCV calls for greater coordination with community-led responses to COVID-19 restrictions and reiterates its call for a CALD Taskforce

June

Meet Athena Papadatos, Disability Advocate for CALD Communities at the ECCV

The spread of coronavirus has nothing to do with ethnicity

Refugee Week 2020: Let’s show leadership in bringing people together

May

ECCV joins with leading organisations to address racism and promote social cohesion in Victoria

ECCV welcomes additional support for multicultural communities impacted by COVID-19 and seeks a greater community response to racism

April

ECCV signs the Victorian Multicultural CEO Network Open Letter to the Crisis Council of Cabinet on COVID-19

ECCV urges the Australian Government to support temporary migrants during the COVID-19 crisis

ECCV welcomes George Zangalis as a Life Member

March

Let’s Stand Together: Social cohesion and community action needed now more than ever

February

ECCV pledges support to one of the oldest migrant communities in the country and condemns vilification of the Chinese community

ECCV welcomes funding announcement from the State Minister for Multicultural Affairs

2019

December

ECCV’s anti-racism campaign launch led by an important conversation on challenges and solutions

ECCV welcomes community leader and former state MP Eddie Micallef as new Chairperson

October

ECCV launches Gambling Harm Awareness Week Digital Campaign.

September

Professor Marcia Langton AM to deliver annual oration honouring Walter Lippmann

ECCV forges a strong relationship with Immigration Museum to ensure a strong and representative community voice remains a priority for Museums Victoria

August

ECCV welcomes the appointment of the Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson

June

ECCV presents unique film which highlights personal stories, hardships and successes of refugees

ECCV says more needs to be done to tackle gambling harm in CALD communities

May

ECCV says more needs to be done to tackle gambling harm in CALD communities

ECCV commends the Andrews Labor Government on Increased Budget Spend for a successful Multicultural Victoria

ECCV urges Morrison Government to demonstrate zero tolerance of racism and hate speech

ECCV says political parties need to promote a ‘fairer’ migration program

‘Citizenship’, ‘Islamophobia’, ‘Social Cohesion’, are poignant themes, which emerged at the recent community forum hosted by the ECCV in the lead up to the Federal election

ECCV urges voters to assess multicultural policies of parties during election

April

ECCV urges Federal Government to do more to help pensioners as a high priority

ECCV congratulates Victorian Government on three-year anniversary of Family Violence reform

January

ECCV salutes Victoria Police efforts to eliminate anti-social behaviour 

2018

November 

2017

December 

Mayor of Whittlesea City Council, Cr. Kris Pavlidis is the new ECCV Chairperson

November 

Multicultural communities hold diverse views, just as other communities do

Section 44 deters almost half of Australians from participating in federal politics

October 

ECCV applauds the rejection of the proposed citizenship bill

September 

ECCV encourages multicultural Victorians to vote YES for marriage equality

August 

ECCV pleased with Senate’s reaction to Senator Pauline Hanson burqa question time stunt

July 

More Resources needed to combat the Hepatitis epidemic within Victoria’s diverse communities

ECCV reflects on the Islamophobia in Australia Report 2017

June 

Fact, Australia is the most ethnically diverse country in the world

ECCV response to proposed citizenship changes