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Collectively First Languages Australia network helps to ensure that the organisation is kept informed of the needs of language workers and language groups nationally.

As part of the First Languages Australia network you are encouraged to:

  • Speak up about the needs of your languages and your language programs,
  • Keep us informed of your successes and new initiatives, and
  • Provide First Languages Australia with feedback to contribute to discussions with Government.

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Restoring Indigenous languages

For SBS by Murray Silby

From an estimated 250 Indigenous languages at the time of European settlement, only about 20 are now widely spoken in Australia.

But where governments once ordered that the languages not be spoken, they are now funding their revival.

Whether the restoration efforts are enough for widespread revitalisation of the languages is yet to be seen, but Indigenous workers in the field say the seeds of success are beginning to germinate.

Read the full article and listen to the podcast

Australia's Got Language

First Languages Australia was delighted to be part of Puliima again this year. It is always an important event bringing people together from around Australia and beyond to share and learn. This year saw a record number attending the conference and appreciating the diverse selection of presentations.

For the first time this year Puliima hosted a talent contest called, Australia's Got Language. The level of participation was wonderful as was the calibre of talent. First Languages Australia was involved in filming the performances and interviews with various conference attendees, for use in language promotion activities over the next few years. So stay tuned.

Treasure trove of Indigenous language documents unearthed at NSW State Library

ABC report on the Mitchell Libraries Rediscovering Indigenous Languages project.

A treasure trove of Indigenous language documents from across Australia has been discovered in the New South Wales State Library.

The accounts of early contact between Aboriginal people and European settlers were unearthed during a forensic search of the unpublished papers filed away in the basement of the colonial building.

Read more: Treasure trove of Indigenous language documents unearthed at NSW State Library

Hidden Gems: The Role of Libraries & Archives in Cutural Revitalisation

The NSW State Librarian is hosting Hidden Gems an international symposium that will explore the role of libraries and archives in the revitalisation of indigenous language and culture.

In proposing and hosting the symposium the State Library of NSW is once again taking the lead in the Australian First Languages Collection Strategy. First Languages Australia comments the initiative and looks forward to the discussions and presentations.

Find out more about from their website.

Contact Us

 
Phone
+61 2 4940 9144  or
1300 975 246
 
First Languages Australia
Postal address
PO Box 528 Newcastle 2300
 
Administration
Level 1/840 Hunter St
Newcastle West, NSW 2302

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    You can assist in the work of First Languages Australia by becoming an active member of our network. Collectively First Read More
  • Australia’s First Languages +

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  • Why maintain languages? +

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