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What we do

The ECCWA is Western Australia's peak ethnic umbrella organisation. It is a non-government, non-profit community-based organisation which takes an active interest in all aspects of multiculturalism and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) affairs and acts on behalf of all ethnic communities in Western Australia.

Our Programs


      Policy & Advocacy

  • We work towards ensuring that ECCWA’s policy positions contribute to Government policy making

  • Promote and safeguard the interests of CaLD communities in WA.

  • Facilitate dissemination of state government information to ethnic communities.


   Citizenship &
   Community Relations

We strive to enhance CaLD community awareness and understanding of citizenship.

We promote the participation in citizenship-related activities.Promote harmonious relations between ethnic communities as well as between ethnic communities and the wider community.

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The WA Collaboration is an historic partnership of organisations committed to a just and sustainable Western Australia. The groups involved cover a range of perspectives of the non-governments sector that have recognised the opportunities for positive social, environmental and economic reforms within the sustainability agenda.

Latest news

ECCWA Welcomes Acting Executive Officer Baily Fernandez and farewells Executive Officer


Mrs Vivienne Pillay, the Executive Officer of the Ethnic Communities Council of WA (ECCWA) is retiring as of 16th June 2023 and the ECCWA Board and staff would like to thank her for her leadership and wish her all the best.


Vivienne was the Executive Officer of ECCWA since the 28.01.2019. During this time Vivienne has seen many changes within the ECCWA, the CaLD Community of WA and in the WA Government initiatives and policies in relation to the CaLD Community. She would like to take this opportunity to wish all the stakeholders the success in continuing to work together in a collaborative and positive way.


Vivienne would also like to acknowledge the support received from the Hon. Dr Tony Buti Western Australia's Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests and the Office of Multicultural Interests. Vivienne said “The CaLD community has much to offer Western Australia and collaboration is the way to success.”


The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of the Acting Executive Officer, Baily Fernandez, effective from 12th June 2023. Baily is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Australia) with several years of C-Suite experience in commercial and not for profit sectors. Baily is well known within the CaLD community and has served on the ECCWA Board.


Baily said, "I am enthusiastically stepping into the role and am keen to build on our organisation's illustrious past, serving our vibrant and diverse community. I look forward to foster unity, amplify our unique stories, and instil a spirit of resilience and progress that mirrors our collective cultural heritage. Together, we will advance the legacy of ECCWA while shaping a promising future."


For media enquiries Ms Kochhar can be contacted on 08 9227 5322.


 Mamta Kochhar

 Acting President

 ECCWA Board

                                       Changes in the ECCWA Board


Ms. Yaso Ponnuthurai, President of the Ethnic Communities Council of WA (ECCWA) has resigned as of 01st June 2023 and as per Rule 28(B) of the ECCWA Constitution, the Senior Vice President, Ms. Mamta Kochhar, shall carry out all duties of the President until a new President can be elected at the next AGM.


Ms Kochhar has been part of the ECCWA Board for the past 3 years and served in the capacity of Vice President Women’s Interests before taking on the role of Senior Vice President in October 2022.


For media enquiries Ms Kochhar can be contacted on 08 9227 5322.


Rahim Ghauri



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