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Growing te reo Maori in English-medium schools: findings report

This report identifies two key issues for English-medium schools in New Zealand to consider when developing a strategic approach to Maori language teaching and learning.
Working paper

Learning (in) Indigenous languages: common ground, diverse pathways

This working paper provides an overview of Indigenous languages learning in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. These three jurisdictions participate in an OECD initiative Promising Practices in Supporting Success for Indigenous Students, designed to help education systems to improve the experiences and outcomes of Indigenous...

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.
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.

Skilled migration to South Australia 2010-2014: profile and employment outcomes of recent permanent and temporary migrants

This paper presents results from an analysis of a survey of skilled migrants who were awarded permanent or temporary visas to reside in South Australia between June 2010 and December 2014.
Working paper

Cognitive and non-cognitive abilities of immigrants: new perspectives on migrant quality from a selective immigration country

This study sheds light on migrant quality in Australia using nationally representative survey data.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Are there only 130 Australians of non-Chinese heritage who can speak Mandarin proficiently?

Labor frontbencher Chris Bowen claims that among Australia's population of 25 million, just 130 people of non-Chinese heritage can speak Mandarin at a level good enough to do business.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Will the Government's new citizenship test demand a university-level standard of English?

Tony Burke, the Opposition spokesman for citizenship and multicultural Australia, claims a new language test proposed by the Government would demand the same level of English proficiency that is required for university admission — a standard too stringent

Bilingual staff research project: report

This report presents the key findings, recommendations and guidelines for recruiting, employing and working with bilingual staff.

Asian languages and Australia's economic future

This report initiated Australia's first national strategy for developing an Asian languages and cultures program throughout the country.