The International Decade of Indigenous Languages Directions Group is working in partnership with the Australian Government on initiatives for the UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-32.

2022–2032 International Decade of Indigenous Languages logo.

The Office for the Arts recently established an International Decade of Indigenous Languages Directions Group (Directions Group) to shape Australia's participation in the UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022–2032 (the International Decade). The Directions Group was formed through an Expression of Interest (EOI) process that received 58 applications assessed by a panel that included key First Nations stakeholders.

The Directions Group is comprised of 17 members: 13 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, including two members representing First Languages Australia; and four ex-officio members from key Government agencies (the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the National Indigenous Australians Agency).

The key purpose of the Directions Group is to develop the Australian National Action Plan for the International Decade in partnership with Government, as well as provide strategic policy direction and work on key projects, such as planning for an Australian launch event.

The Directions Group will release communiques to keep communities and stakeholders updated on initiatives for the International Decade.

International Decade of Indigenous Languages Directions Group

Australia's International Decade of Indigenous Languages Directions Group's first meeting in May 2022.

Missing from photo: Ex Officio members from NIAA, DFAT, AIATSIS and OFTA. ‘First Nations members of the Directions Group pictured left to right

Pictured left to right: Phillemon Mosby, Denise Smith-Ali, Vicki Couzens, Jillian Mundy, Daryn McKenny, Shania Armstrong, Annalee Pope, Gawura Wanambi, Joyce Bonner, Beau Williams.

The Communique's from the meetings and the Terms of Reference for the Directions Group can be found below.

If you have any enquiries regarding the Directions Group please email IndigenousLanguages@arts.gov.au.

The Australian Government acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connections to land, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and Elders past, present and future.