First Nations Languages Education Program

The Australian Government recognises the importance of supporting the learning and teaching of First Nations languages and is investing in a First Nations Languages Education program. The Department of Education is partnering with First Languages Australia to design a flexible initiative to meet the diverse language education needs and aspirations of participating First Nations communities.

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About the program

The Government is investing over $14 million over four years (2022–23 to 2025–26) to support local First Nations community and school partnerships for teaching First Nations languages.

The Department of Education is partnering with First Languages Australia, the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language, to design the initiative.

First Languages Australia’s recent Yalbilinya: National First Languages Education Project, funded by the Australian Government, identifies actions required for sustainable language teaching in schools, including employment, training, community collaboration, national coordination, attraction and retention. The community engagement and research undertaken throughout Yalbilinya provides a valuable evidence base for the design and delivery of the program.

Where can I find out more?

Please check this website regularly for updates on opportunities to be involved, grant eligibility, guidelines, and key dates.

For questions related to the program, you can contact the First Nations Languages Education team at