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There are many different resources that may be useful to you and your language program.

On this site we will list general resources. By that we mean resources which will be useful to people on lots of situations across the country.

If you are looking for resources specific to your Language the best place to look will be in the AIATSIS catalogues. Over the years people have provided lots of different types of resources to AIATSIS for archiving and storage. Some of these resources require special permissions to access them others are available to the public.

You can access AIATSIS' Australian Indigenous Languages Database through AUSTLANG. If you have comment on AUSTLANG please make sure you let AIATSIS know as it is only by getting feedback from community members like us that they can make the database better and easier to use.

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Maps (10)


There has been and will continue to be produced many different maps of Aboriginal Australia, whilst there is no current definitive map there are some maps which are widely used by Aboriginal people, for example:


Aboriginal Australia - published by AIATSIS

Tindale Map - created by Norman B Tindale

We will provide online references to these maps and others that we are aware of, please use the information provided from these websites and Our Languages for research and reference only.  Inaccuracies may certainly exist.

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Place Names (4)

Aboriginal Place Names

In Australia there are two systems of placenames; there is the introduced system of placenames that Europeans developed to refer to places, and the network of Indigenous placenames that Indigenous people use.

Colonists, explorers, settlers and surveyors through their renaming of the Australian landscape have often consulted Indigenous people and adopted Indigenous names. Indeed it has been estimated (albeit rather unreliably) in New South Wales that over 75% of the current names of settlements and geographical features, such as creeks and hills, are of Aboriginal origin (Kennedy and Kennedy 1989).

Adapted from the Australian National Placenames Survey, Indigenous Langauges Fact Sheet, written by Claire Hill.

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This book has been recently published and can be found in detail at http://epress.anu.edu.au/placenames_citation.html the book can also be freely downloaded at this link. Aboriginal Placenames Naming and re-naming the Australian landscape Edited by Harold Koch and Luise Hercus Aboriginal approaches to the naming of places across Australia differ radically from the official introduced Anglo-Australian system. However, many of these earlier names have been incorporated into contemporary nomenclature, with considerable reinterpretations of their function and form. Recently, state jurisdictions have encouraged the adoption of a greater number of Indigenous names, sometimes alongside the accepted Anglo-Australian terms, around Sydney Harbour, for…
Supporting teachers to include Indigenous perspectives in schools has been identified nationally as a key component to ensuring improved outcomes for Indigenous peoples in Australia. Education Queensland has produced a practical guide for administrators and educators to ensure inclusive school practices. The guide is about celebrating Indigenous ways of viewing the world: people, places and things and their interrelationships. Indigenous languages are one of the areas of discussion in the guide.?
In 2004 the Aboriginal Curriculum Unit in the NSW Board of Studies developed an Aboriginal Languages K–10 Syllabus to coordinate and formalise support for Aboriginal Language programs in schools. Since then the ACU has been holding workshops with selected schools to incorporate the curriculum into the school program. During 2006 there were 46 programs offered in 10 languages to 25 primary, 9 secondary and 3 central schools. Of these, 41 are state schools, 4 Catholic schools, 1 independent school. (source: The NSW Office of the Board of Studies & Department of Education and Training ) In an effort to improve…
The National Statement and Plan for Languages Education in Australian Schools promotes a distinct and explicit presence for Australian Indigenous Languages.  The Statement acknowledges the unique place that Aboriginal Languages have in Australia's heritage and in its cultural and educational life.   For Indigenous learners, they are fundamental to strengthening identity and self esteem.  For non-Indignous learners, they provide a focus for development of cultural understanding and reconciliation. The Aboriginal Languages Program in Western Australian public schools involves 21 Aboriginal Languages taught by 82 teachers in 69 schools across the state.   There is a total of 6500 students.  Support for this…
Guide produced by TAFE NSW
This report is a National Statement and Plan on Languages Education in Commonwealth Literacy Policy. Produced by the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA), 1998. Commonwealth Literacy Policies for Australian Schools. Australian Schooling Monograph Series No. 1/1998 “In Australia the delivery of school education rests with the State and Territory government and non-government authorities. The Commonwealth Government is a key partner in setting and achieving our national goals and priorities. A major policy objective of this Government is to achieve real improvements in literacy and numeracy skills for Australian children which will better fit them for their…
A National Plan for Language Education in Australian Schools 2005-2008. A report of Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA)
By John Dawkins, Minister for Employment Education and Training. Announced 2 September 1991. Canberra: AGPS, 1993. The White Paper was released in early September 1991 and announced a national policy and a national strategy to promote language and literacy in Australia through the Australian Language and Literacy Policy (ALLP)?
Literacy: A Chronology of Selected Research and Commonwealth Policy Initiatives Since 1975. Canberra, Department of the Parliamentary Library, Social Policy Group. 7 December 1999.
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