The Indigenous Languages and Arts program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to revive and maintain languages, and to develop and present art.

Language and art form a large part of culture and are essential to the wellbeing and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and are integral to maintaining the vitality and strength of Indigenous communities.

The Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program provides approximately $20 million in annual funding for projects and organisations that support participation in and maintenance of Indigenous culture through languages and arts.

The Australian Government has committed an additional $10 million of funding over four years, 2016–2020, to protect, preserve and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. The additional investment will complement the outcomes achieved through the ILA program, by supporting language projects with a focus on using digital technology in an innovative and culturally sensitive manner.

Digital technologies enable languages to be captured and preserved quickly and efficiently and can be used to support other methods being used to increase the revival and maintenance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages within Indigenous communities.

Register of ideas

A register of ideas has been set up to find out more about how digital solutions are currently being used to facilitate the teaching, learning and maintenance of languages. We want you to share your experiences and ideas for future projects by taking part in the register.

We want to find out more about:

  • an existing digital product or solution that could benefit from further development to suit community needs
  • ideas for a new digital product or solution
  • partnerships to develop new products and solutions
  • how to improve digital literacy within communities.

* Submitting an idea is not an application for or guarantee of funding.

Closing date

There is no closing date, ideas can be submitted at any time. If you think your proposal may be ready for funding consideration, we recommend submitting your idea by 9 March 2018. This will give you the opportunity to discuss your idea with an ILA program officer before the 2018-19 funding round opens.

Please note:

  • Submitting an idea is not an application for or guarantee of funding. You may be offered the opportunity to speak with an ILA program officer who will assist you assess how your idea may be eligible to apply for funding. A full application will need to be submitted in order to be considered for program funding. Details of the 2018-19 ILA funding round will be published on GrantConnect and on our website.
  • Ideas with a digital focus can only be submitted on the register.
  • We are seeking ideas for projects at all stages of readiness. Please provide a concise description of your product or solution including supporting documentation if it is available, which could include:
    • a letter of community support
    • product specifications
    • evaluation of existing product or solution that you are wishing to expand
    • initial responses to checklist questions.
  • You will be able to provide additional verbal information if you are contacted by an ILA program officer.

Supporting community-driven projects using digital solutions is one element of the election commitment. Support for career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language workers and linguists is the other important focus for 2018-20.

Career pathways

Stakeholder wide consultation will take place this year and will initiate a separate process to shape ideas to support career pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language workers and linguists. Further details to be provided.

Funding

The ILA program provides funding to organisations that support participation in and maintenance of Australia's Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures through languages and arts.

Funding is offered in two ways: an open grant round and direct offer grants.