Forum on the 2020 National Indigenous Languages Report (NILR)

A discussion around the implications of the 2020 National Indigenous Languages Report (NILR) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, educators, policy-makers, policy implementers and policy evaluators.  The discussion was hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (CoEDL), the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) (Australian National University) the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and First Languages Australia (FLA).

The online forum was held on Tuesday, 24 November 2020 2 pm - 5.30pm AEDT

Speakers provided briefings on the research that underpins NILR and the need for a new national Indigenous Languages framework. This was followed by small group discussions of the potential of the NILR findings and the new approach to language data for areas of work (e.g. education, interpreting, policy evaluation), and for the new Closing the Gap targets. 

A general briefing paper is here. 

We gratefully acknowledge support for the forum from the ANU Policy Greenhouse Fund.

Please note the speaker presentations were recorded on Zoom, and some may be posted on the (CoEDL website. Snippets/stills of speeches may be used for the CoEDL website and annual report.  Speaker and attendee approval of the material would be sought before publishing.  

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University