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Global Lessons: Indigenous languages and multilingualism in school programs

Global Lesson

As a companion to Nintiringanyi: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teaching and Employment Strategy, 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. Global Lessons is available as a PDF or online. The online version of the document includes video links that demonstrate the activities in action.


Binbi Wadyabay: Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Language

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.

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.

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


VACL Job Vacancy - Executive Officer


The Victorian Corporation of Languages (VACL) is looking for a new Executive Officer to play a key role in building the future for Victorian Aboriginal Languages. 

The successful candidate will work closely with the Board and staff to realise our vision to enable our membership and communities to meet our strategic objectives. This person will be a skilled communicator; a strong and strategic leader; a flexible and innovative thinker; an experienced and capable manager and passionate about Aboriginal languages.



Position Vacant: Coordinator of Ngukurr Language Centre

Position:  Coordinator of Ngukurr Language Centre

Mela lukumbat nyuwan Kodineida bla Ngukurr Language Centre

Ngukurr Language Centre is recruiting for the position of Coordinator. After developing our organisation into its current healthy state with vibrant programs and a strong community presence, our coordinator Jackie van den Bos is ready to hand over the role to a new coordinator who can oversee the continued development of our community language programs in line with our strategic plan. 

For an Application Pack or to find out more, please contact Jackie van den Bos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on (08) 8977 4225.

Applications close Monday 28th May 2018. All applications welcome. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people strongly encouraged to apply.


Little J & Big Cuz

Little J Big Cuz

Watch the series and check out the educational resources.
We assume you have all been enjoying the fantastic new series Little J & Big Cuz, Australia's first animated series featuring Indigenous characters.
Animation is an excellent tool for teaching, and also for sharing our languages, and we are particularly excited to hear that episodes have already been translated into Pintinjarra, Arrernte, Wiradjuri, Yawuru, and palawa kani, with more on the way.

First Languages Australia would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the production team and all the translators who have been busily working on their language versions.





Treasure language storytelling

Treasure language story

There will be another Treasure Language Storytelling show in Darwin in early July, as part of the Darwin Fringe Festival which coincides with NAIDOC Week.
This show follows six previous shows which brought Indigenous and immigrant storytellers to the stage to share stories first in the original language and then in English.

The shows in California included Ohlone and Hawaiian storytellers. The shows in Melbourne and Darwin included Woiwurrung, Djambarrpuyngu, and Kunwinjku.

Organiser Steven Bird is again keen to feature as many Australian Aboriginal languages as possible.

If you are a Top End language speaker, who would enjoy speaking in language to a highly receptive theatre audience, listen to the information at this link then This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as he would love to hear from you.





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