First Peoples languages

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Indigenous languages
NARROWER TERMS

Language and Indigenous disadvantage

This blog provides an overview of aspects of new research relevant to Indigenous people's disadvantage in Australian legal systems presented at the 14th biennial conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguists at RMIT University in Melbourne (1-5 July 2019; program and abstracts here). This...
Chapter

How standard Zhuang has met with market forces

Although centred on a case study in China, this research chapter explains a key point relevant to minority and Indigenous language support in Australia and New Zealand: that language standardisation (an aspect of public policy) can make a language less accessible to its speakers, rather...
Article

The plan to strengthen Indigenous languages

In this article, Alexandra Grey, from UTS Law, examines the federal government's plan to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
Journal article

“The talking bit of medicine, that’s the most important bit”: doctors and Aboriginal interpreters collaborate to transform culturally competent hospital care

This pilot was part of a larger Participatory Action Research study examining strategies to achieve culturally safe communication at Royal Darwin Hospital.
Report

Closing the Gap: annual data compilation report July 2021

This is the first annual data compilation report to inform the reporting on progress under the National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
Policy report

Language rights and Indigenous human rights in central Australia

This paper uses the successful COVID-19 health messaging in an Indigenous language as a lever to explore the ways in which communication rights for Indigenous people is more linguistically and culturally accessible.
Policy

Many voices: Indigenous languages policy

This policy has been developed to support Queensland activities that help preserve, grow and strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander traditional and contemporary languages.
Working paper

Language use is connected to indicators of wellbeing: evidence from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey 2014–15

Applying cross-sectional regressions analysis to data from the 2014–15 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS), this study examines the link between the use of Indigenous languages and a range of wellbeing indicators.
Report

National Indigenous languages report

This report supports what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have consistently asserted about the importance of language; speaking language provides cultural, social and economic benefits to individuals, communities and the nation.
Journal article

"Language breathes life"- Barngarla community perspectives on the wellbeing impacts of reclaiming a dormant Australian Aboriginal language

Little research has sought to identify the potential psychological benefits that may derive from language reclamation. The main purpose of the Barngarla Language and Wellbeing Study is to assess the effectiveness of language revival in improving the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of...
Strategy

Nintiringanyi: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language teaching and employment strategy

This strategy document highlights key actions for each state's and territory’s consideration in appropriately developing and supporting Indigenous language teachers in schools. This strategy was first published in 2018, and was updated in January 2019.
Evaluation

North West Wiradjuri Language and Culture Nest

This is an evaluation report of the North West Wiradjuri Language and Culture Nest. The purpose of the nest is to revitalise the Wiradjuri Language as an integral part of local traditional Aboriginal culture and identity.
Evaluation

Gumbaynggirr Language and Culture Nest

This is an evaluation report of the Gumbaynggirr Language and Culture Nest in Coffs Harbour. The purpose of the nest is to revitalise the Gumbaynggirr language as an integral part of local traditional Aboriginal culture and identity.
Guide

Protocol on Indigenous language interpreting for Commonwealth government agencies

This protocol provides guidance to all agencies and their contracted service providers on policies and processes that are needed to promote engagement of Indigenous interpreters in policy and program development, engagement, consultation and service delivery.
Policy report

Aboriginal and dual naming policy

The purpose of this document is to provide advice and direction to the Tasmanian community about the application of Aboriginal names for naming Tasmanian geographic features and places.
Video

In search of Indigenous Australian languages webinar

This webinar outlines some useful tools to apply Austlang codes to catalogue records - improving the discovery of Indigenous Australian language material.
Briefing paper

APO Digital Inclusion Collection brief: May 2019

This month's Digital Inclusion snapshot examines three recent reports. Two of these survey digital transformation strategies and initiatives of Australia’s federal, state and territory governments, and the third is a recent New Zealand Government blueprint making a more explicit connection between digital transformation and digital...
Video

Vicki Couzens: Preserving Indigenous language in the 21st century

Dr Vicki Couzens spoke at ANZSOG's Reimagining Public Administration conference on February 20, as part of the 'Year of Indigenous languages’ plenary. The plenary was particularly poignant given 2019 is the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages. “Our language is scarce so we are revitalising...
Video

Sharon Nelson-Kelly: Celebrate, revitalise and preserve Indigenous languages

Sharon Nelson-Kelly spoke at ANZSOG's Reimagining Public Administration conference on February 20, 2019.
Strategy

Australian Government action plan for the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

This Australian Government strategy document includes actions to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from across its departments and agencies. These actions are grouped under the Australian Government's interpretation of the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages themes.