Support for Arts and Languages

The Australian Government believes that all students should have the opportunity to develop their creative and linguistic skills, which are increasingly important in a globalised world.

Support for Arts and Languages is provided through the Australian Curriculum. The Arts includes Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, and Visual Arts. Languages enables the learning of languages other than English from a young age. Information on the various programs are listed below.

Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program

In 2015, the Australian Government provided $9.8 million to trial the ELLA program in 41 preschools to determine the effectiveness of children learning a language through apps without a proficient language teacher. A total of 35 apps were developed, consisting of seven unique apps for each of the five languages (Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, French, and Japanese).

Due to the positive outcomes of the 2015 trial, ELLA was extended in 2016, with nearly 300 preschool services using a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach.

The government has invested a further $5.9 million to make ELLA nationally available to preschools. Preschool services can now choose one of seven languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Japanese, and the newly added Italian and Spanish. In 2018, Hindi and Modern Greek will be added to the list of languages available.

ELLA is aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework.

Program guidelines for the 2017–18 ELLA expansion explain how the program will be managed.

More information on previous ELLA research and evaluations is also available.

The 2018 ELLA application round opened on 9 October 2017.

For more information on the program, and to apply, go to the ELLA website.

English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) trial

A new measure announced in the 2017–18 Budget, the English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) trial is based on the success of the ELLA program.

The Australian Government is investing $5.9 million between 2017–18 and 2020–21 to help improve English literacy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children for whom English is a second language. More information is available on the ELLIC webpage.

Senior Secondary Languages Education

The Department engaged the Asia Education Foundation to research ways to enable and encourage more senior secondary students to continue studying a foreign language in Years 11 and 12. The 2014 Senior Secondary Languages Education Research Final Report is now available.

The Song Room

The Australian Government supports The Song Room to provide ARTS:LIVE, an online core arts education hub providing resources that are aligned with the Australian Curriculum for teachers from Foundation to Year 10 across the five arts forms—Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Music, and Media Arts.

Music Count Us In

The Australian Government supports the Music Count Us In program which aims to improve student learning in music, by encouraging participation and engagement through an annual event at which more than 500,000 students, teachers, and parents from more than 2000 schools sing the same song, at the same time, on the same day.