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Priority Languages Support Program


Language elicitation with Audrey Stewart at Algebuckina. Photo courtesy Will Fisher and Mobile Language

Service Agreements have been signed with eight communities for this year’s Priority Languages Support Project which sees support given to communities to undertake crucial documentation of current speakers where no or little previous documentation has happened through a project administered by First Languages Australia, with funding provided by theIndigenous Languages and the Arts.

The next call for projects will be sent out in the new financial year.

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First Languages Australia and the Sydney Policy Lab

The Sydney Policy Lab is a new strategic project of the University of Sydney which looks to address complex local and global policy challenges. The lab aims to bring researchers, community and industry together to spark new ideas, reframe issues and transform the policy options on the table, working toward a society that works for everyone.

First Languages Australia was delighted to receive one of seven inaugural Sydney Policy Lab Fellowships.

The fellowship has focused on making knowledge relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages policy more accessible across our network. An outcome of the project is Jarrak: Our languages journey a public knowledge bank which captures key milestones in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages advocacy from the 1970s until now. 

Working with Indigenous Community Television (ICTV)


Over the past two years, you may have seen hundreds of our Language Legends films broadcast on ICTV. Maybe you have even see yourself. First Languages Australia would like to congratulate all the Language Legends who have participated in the project and extend our thanks to the team at ICTV for their ongoing work to ensure our voices are broadcast loud and clear.

Tune in to ICTV or check out ICTV play for lots of excellent language programming. 

Gambay: Interactive language map featured at Google media presentations


Gambay: Our Interactive language map was a key feature of international presentations at Google Australian headquarters in Sydney recently. The presentation from our partners at the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language highlighted some of the ways that language communities are collaborating with researchers toward tools that will support our language work into the future. 

First Languages Australia Language Centres meeting, February 2018

First Languages Australia was pleased to host a national meeting to coincide with people travelling to Queensland for the National Indigenous Languages Convention in February. The meeting was an opportunity to feedback activities underway since the Cairns meeting November, with the report from that meeting distributed and discussed. From this meeting, there was discussion of a renewed call to Canberra for national legislation to support language into the future within the structure of government. There was also a call from language centres for FLA to produce a series of contracts and protocol documents that can be accessed by all project teams and adapted to the specifics of local projects. FLA is in discussions with Arts Law to see this project underway.:

Global Lessons: Indigenous languages and multilingualism in school programs

Global Lesson

We are looking forward in the coming months to the completion and publication ofWe are looking forward in the coming months to the completion and publication ofNintiringanyi: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teaching and Employment Strategy. As a companion to Nintiringanyi, we have collated case studies that demonstrate the requirements for successful collaborations between language communities and their local schools into a document titled, Global Lessons: Indigenous languages and multilingualism in school programs. The online version of the document includes video links that demonstrate the activities in action.


Binbi Wadyabay: Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Language


The attendees of Binbi Wadyabay: Queensland Indigenous Languages Forum

Congratulations to the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee and Department for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships in their collaboration toward the formal government recognition of Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages. Discussions to this end were launched in May at Binbi Wadyabay. First Languages Australia was pleased to be a part of the event contributing through the coordinating of local media, and the collection of Language Legends videos. The Queensland meeting was also supported by funding from Indigenous Languages and the Arts.

Media from the event -
* Binbi Wadjabay: Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Forum
* Moves toward an Indigenous Languages Policy for Queensland
* The language detectives


Read more: Binbi Wadyabay: Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Language

Request for school resources in many languages

Paraburdoo Primary School teaches Kindergarten to Year 6 students in the Ashburton ShireParaburdoo Primary School teaches Kindergarten to Year 6 students in the Ashburton Shire of the Pilbara. Paraburdoo Primary is working with the Wangka Maya Pilbara LanguageCentre to establish a cultural hub in the school and is wanting to display language material from languages across the country as the students to come to Paraburdoo have diverse cultural connections. The school is requesting donations of language resources. If you are able to contribute please contact Julie Walker, 08 9172 2344, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Yugambeh voices at the Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games

From the welcome to all to by Yugambeh Elders, to song sessions and stories in theFrom the welcome to all to by Yugambeh Elders, to song sessions and stories in the cultural exhibition spaces, the language of the Gold Coast was shared with the huge international audience for the Commonwealth Games. Patricia O'Connor and Ted Williams gave the welcome which was viewed by an international audience of millions while theYugambeh Youth Choir performed with confidence on the official stage for the closing ceremony.


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The Recording Studio

Recording Studio

The Recording Studio is a new TV series that enables everyday Australians to record the most important song of their life. First Languages Australia has been in discussion with the producers to see performers singing in first languages included in the documentary. Follow this link to find out more, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like us to put your name forward.


First Languages through the Playschool window!



First Languages Australia is thrilled to announce an exciting collaboration with ABC TV's longstanding children's program Playschool.

Filming of the first episode in a new language series for the ever-popular "Through the Window" segment has just been completed. The segment will be broadcast on Friday the 24th August at 9AM on ABCKids.

Terri-lee Darcy from the Miromaa Language and Technology Centre in Newcastle, NSW developed a story about a day out fishing and choreographed a dance to be performed and narrated by a group of Aboriginal school children.

Read more: First Languages through the Playschool window!

Marrin Gamu: Indigenous Language Song Competition is on again!

Woorabinda state schools students in a winning entry from the 2017 competition.
Once again we are partnering with ABC Education to promote our Marrin Gamu competition to schools nationally. 

Launched in Reconciliation Week the competition will run until the 31st of August 2018 giving you plenty of time to make sure the schools in your region are aware of the competition and know how to get involved.

Details can be found on the ABC Education site.

And watch some of the gorgeous examples from past years which have seen 67 schools enter with more than 2000 students participating so far.

Download this flyer for distribution to schools in your region. ILsongComp2018SML.pdf


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