Community Languages Australia

Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations Inc.

Your chance to take part in the Review of the ACT Languages Policy

1. Call for written comments on the current policy 

The Community Participation Group (CPG) of the ACT Community Services Directorate is calling for community input via the template downloadable from

You will see that the template covers 5 key areas of the policy:

  • English as the National Language,
  • Language Services,
  • Learning other Languages,
  • Languages and Economic Benefit and
  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages.

In relation to one or more of these areas, you may like to

  • list your own activities, whether assisted by government or other organisations/groups
  • comment on the policy's aims and government implementation
  • suggest new ideas or ways to strengthen the policy

Please return responses to by cob Friday 22 July.

2. Public forums

You are invited to attend one of two public forums to 1) hear reports on the community responses collected through the exercise above, plus responses from a similar template sent to ACT Government Directorates and 2) discuss the issues raised and provide further comments on the achievements of the current policy and ideas for new actions/priorities. Details of the forums:

  • Tuesday 9 August 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Function Room, 2nd Floor, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre or
  • Saturday 13 August 1.30pm to 4pm at the Australian National University

Attendance is free, and refreshments will be available

To register for one of the forums (RSVP by Friday 5 August) or for more details of the ANU venue, please contact Lindsay Burge, Senior Policy and Projects Officer, CPG at or Mandy at

Discussion at these forums, plus the previous written comments, will help guide the review process and provide input for the Directorate's recommendations to government on the form and content of the Languages Policy 2016-2020.

Contact Us

Community Languages Australia

L2, 189 Faraday St,
Carlton Vic 3053

Phone: (03) 9349-2683
Fax: (03) 9349-26893