Governance is the strategic guidance provided by a group of elected representatives who are tasked with the responsibility of leadership. 

The board of directors are the governance group who lead the policy advocacy, act as public figures and demonstrate the values the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria and the not-for-profit and multicultural sectors. 

Statement of Purposes, Extract from the Constitution

 3.1 To act as the representative body in Victoria for multicultural and ethnic communities and advocate for the formulation of government policies that will contribute in the alleviation
of social disadvantage and injustice.

3.2 To encourage the full participation of Victoria’s multicultural and ethnic communities within the social, economic, political and cultural life of Australia.

3.3 To assist with the advancement of community language education and support of related educational facilities for ethnic and refugee groups.

3.4 To plan for and assist with the relief of the needs of refugees and the ethnic aged.

3.5 To encourage the maintenance and preservation of the languages, traditions and cultures of Australia’s diverse community.

3.6 To promote the positive aspects of multiculturalism and cultural diversity to the Victorian community.

Board of Directors 2018-2020

Officers of the Council 

Cr Kris Pavlidis – Chairperson

Dr Sundram Sivamalai JP – Deputy Chairperson

Jenny Semple – Deputy Chairperson

Marion Lau OAM JP – Secretary

Nalliah Suriyakumaran – Treasurer 

Board Directors 

Eddie Micallef 
Joseph Caputo
Jude Ogbeide Ediae
Parsu Sharma-Luital
Frances Prince
Bruna Pasqua
Zeynep Yesilyurt
Helena Trinnick
Peter Mousaferiadis
Dean Wickham – Regional Representative 

Past chairs 

Eddie MICALLEF 2013 – 2017
Joe CAPUTO OAM JP 2011 – 2013
Sam AFRA JP 2007 – 2011
Phong NGUYEN 2003 – 2007
Marion LAU OAM JP (Acting Chair, then elected Chair) 2001 – 2003
George LEKAKIS AO 1997 – 2001
Victor BORG 1991 – 1997
Maurice CAUCHI 1989 – 1991
Anne ECKSTEIN (Acting Co-chair) 1988 – 1989
Wellington LEE OAM, OBE (Acting Co-chair) 1988 – 1989
Anthony BONNICI 1983 – 1988
Walter LIPPMANN 1975 – 1983

Governance Resources