The Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program invests around $30 million per annum to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, conserve and sustain their cultures through languages and arts activities throughout Australia.

Indigenous languages and arts are integral to the identity, connection with culture and emotional health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and are essential to maintaining the vitality and strength of Indigenous communities.

The ILA program includes operational funding support to a network of 24 Indigenous Language Centres throughout the country working on capturing, revitalising and sustaining Indigenous languages. The ILA program also supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop, produce, present, exhibit or perform Indigenous arts projects that showcase Australia's traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultural and artistic expressions.


The ILA program supports community-led organisations with grant funding administered through an annual grant opportunity. Further information about upcoming ILA grant opportunities is available on the ILA program funding page.

Disaster response

The Department acknowledges the potential impact of natural disasters such as floods and bushfires on all of its programs, including the Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program. We assure all our stakeholders that wherever possible, the Office for the Arts will continue to provide administrative support for your ILA funded activity and offer flexibility around project delivery. If you have any queries or concerns please contact the ILA Team at your earliest convenience.

Relevant documents

Program logos

The ILA program logos are used to acknowledge Australian Government support for activities funded under the ILA program.


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