Since early 2017, First Languages Australia has been working with state and territory education department partners on the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Teaching and Employment Strategy.
This followed a national forum in November 2016, which brought together 100 people from state and territory education authorities, schools, language centres and training providers, to work toward a coordinated approach to the training and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language teachers.
Building on the the outcomes of the forum, the FLA steering group has worked with state and territory education representatives to identify the implementable strategies that would see first languages sustainably taught in those schools that have the support of the local language community.
In August, First Languages Australia hosted a meeting to review and finalise the document which will be soon ready for publication. It will be distributed free to language centres and community programs and will be available on the FLA website.
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.
Read more: Priority Languages Support Program