In the last 25 years a concerted effort has begun to stem the alarming loss of language which began with the arrival of white people and has continued unchecked since then.

The 200 years since settlement is a minute fraction of the 40,000 year history of Australia’s native people.  But within this tiny window of time, the devastation of an ancient culture and many of its languages has been brutally effective.

Today, community based language projects are undertaken in a number of forms, and continue to develop in size and scope as the momentum for language revival grows. Some examples are:

  • Recording oral histories from language speakers
  • Development of community based educational programs and curriculum coordination
  • Inclusion of Indigenous language studies in education curriculum’s at local and state levels
  • Development and implementation of tertiary education programs
  • Development of the languages in written form
  • Diversification of schooling programs to combine study of local language and culture with English teaching systems
  • Development of print publication, video and CD production for both educational purposes and retail distribution
  • Incorporation of Indigenous languages into art, entertainment, broadcasting and video production
  • Mobilisation of new technology to record, store and share information