Membership - Join us

Membership - Join us

Become a member - support policy advocacy for culturally diverse communities in Victoria The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria is the peak advocacy body for multicultural, refugee and migrant issues in Victoria.

With over 40 years’ experience, the ECCV enjoys an extensive network of members and contacts enabling it to advocate on multicultural issues in Victoria at the highest government levels. With over 200 member organisations from all regions of Victoria, ECCV represents the issues affecting multicultural communities at a state level.  A survey of members shows that our membership represents more than 60 ethnicities including many of the new and emerging communities like the Oromo, Sudanese, Somali, Zimbabwean, Eritrean, Indian, Bhutanese and Nepalese.  We have 12 metropolitan and regional ethnic communities’ councils and a large organisational membership that identify themselves with 61 ethnicities. We can claim to represent over 65,000 people across the whole of Victoria.

We invite membership applications from individuals, students, ethnic and multicultural organisations, service agencies providing service to our diverse community, other peak bodies, refugee advocate organisations, migrant resource centres and foundations.

Members receive:

  1. the ability to be a part of the peak body that exists solely to represent YOUR interests to government
  2. the right to vote to elect the Board of Directors
  3. eligibility to be nominated as one of our Board of Directors, after 12 months of membership
  4. a FREE copy of "Many Hopes: One Dream" the history of the ECCV (2009)
  5. Eligibility to join one of our policy sub-committees. Currently we have policy sub-committees that focus on Health, Workforce Participation, Women, Youth, Aged Care and New & Emerging communities issues
  6. eligibility  to be invited to take part in the regular ECCV Leadership training programs designed to assist communities establish, govern, operate and grow their community organisations
  7. regular newsletters and information about upcoming events, forums and grant opportunities
  8. discounted prices for community based jobs advertisements with JobSeeker

How to become a member:


  • Just click here to access an application form then print, complete and return it for the Board of Directors to consider.
  • If you require a Word version, please click here
  • Click here to read the ECCV constitution which includes more information about different types of membership and the process for applying for membership.


        Life Membership:

        The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria announces its new Life Membership Awards in recognition for outstanding contributions to the ECCV or objectives of the ECCV.  Life Membership is an honour bestowed upon organisations or individuals way to express gratitude to member organisations, associate members, stakeholders or past ECCV staff who have given of themselves to the benefit of the ECCV beyond the norm expected of volunteers or staff. Nominations should be lodged using the nomination form below and include a synopsis of the person’s activities within the ECCV or activities and achievements associated with the objectives of the ECCV including the length of time of their contribution. Nominations should be completed using the Award Nomination Form and sent to


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