Community Languages Australia

Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations Inc.

Where language and culture come together

Community Languages Australia - AFESA (short CLA) represents all community language school state and territory federations and associations at a national level.


State Funeral Service for Stefan Romaniw, OAM

Words fail to describe our deep emotions and sentiments in informing you of the sad, sudden and the unexpected passing of our esteemed Stefan Romaniw OAM on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

National CLS Sector Perspectives 2024 - Your Insights Are Needed!

AFESA-CLA is undertaking a short Research Project on Imagining the Future of Community Language Schools in the Australian Landscape.

The purpose of this research is to examine the trends in community language schools, how we can promote our work and what strategies should we employ to become more effective providers of language education.

Share your voice about pre-school community language programs

Sydney University is conducting a study of students under 5 accessing community language programs across Australia, teacher training on ECE pedagogies, and skills and resources needed to support teaching and learning activities for CLS catering for children under 5.

Our Projects and Resources

Community Languages Australia (Australian Federation of Ethnic Schools Associations) is an umbrella body designed to unite the ethnic schools of Australia, and the state-based bodies which serve as their administrators, consolidating them beneath a single, organisational banner, and in the process carrying out a number of crucial roles in the creation, maintenance, and profile of Australia’s 1400 community language schools.

Statistical figures


Australian Capital Territory

50 Languages Offered
2733 Total Students
55 Total Schools
405 Toal Teachers


New South Wales

56 Languages Offered
38528 Total Students
318 Total Schools
3000 Toal Teachers

Northern Territory

7 Languages Offered
562 Total Students
13 Total Schools
67 Toal Teachers


20 Languages Offered
5300 Total Students
39 Total Schools
339 Toal Teachers


South Australia

46 Languages Offered
8120 Total Students
94 Total Schools
701 Toal Teachers



6 Languages Offered
196 Total Students
11 Total Schools
45 Toal Teachers



51 Languages Offered
44,564 Total Students
206 Total Schools
2960 Total Teachers

Western Australia

17  Languages Offered
5347 Total Students
47  Total Schools
343 Toal Teachers

Contact Us

Community Languages Australia

Executive Officer: Fahry Abubaker

L2, 189 Faraday St,
Carlton Vic 3053

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