Following the October 2022 floods, ECCV worked with Victoria’s regional ethnic councils and peak bodies to support affected communities and integrate multicultural communities into local emergency management responses for future emergencies. 

The Multicultural Regional Emergency Preparedness & Response Program was aimed at embedding engagement of multicultural communities within the regional local emergency management response and strengthen and support the vital work of local community leaders to help deliver better outcomes during any emergency management response, such as floods, bushfires and other natural disasters. 

Community-led, locally-based initiatives and culturally responsive engagement with multicultural communities are critical to supporting emergency preparedness, response, and recovery in regional Victoria. The new Multicultural Emergency Management Initiative builds on this work to further support regional ethnic councils in their work to promote emergency preparedness. 

Our partners in the program were: 

  • Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities’ Council Inc
  • Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council
  • Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District
  • Cultura (Geelong)
  • Gippsland Multicultural Services
  • Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services
  • Neighbourhood Collective Australia
  • Regional Victorians of Colour
  • Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council


The Multicultural Regional Emergency Preparedness & Response Program was funded by the Victorian Government.