First Languages Australia is collaborating with AIATSIS, the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) and the commissioning body, the Indigenous Languages and Arts Program, on the drafting of the National Indigenous Language Report (NILR).
FLA Manager Faith Baisden has taken a role on the Indigenous Reference Group which is contributing to the shaping of the survey format and content.
Since early 2017, First Languages Australia has been working with state and territory education department partners on the development of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages Teaching and Employment Strategy.
This followed a national forum in November 2016, which brought together 100 people from state and territory education authorities, schools, language centres and training providers, to work toward a coordinated approach to the training and employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language teachers.
Building on the the outcomes of the forum, the FLA steering group has worked with state and territory education representatives to identify the implementable strategies that would see first languages sustainably taught in those schools that have the support of the local language community.
In August, First Languages Australia hosted a meeting to review and finalise the document which will be soon ready for publication. It will be distributed free to language centres and community programs and will be available on the FLA website.