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

Since 2014, the Australian Government has invested $27.5 million dollars in the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program.

ELLA is a digital, play-based program which includes a series of interactive applications (apps), aimed at making language learning engaging and interesting to preschoolers. The ELLA program became nationally available to eligible preschool services in 2017, following two successful trials in 2015 and 2016, and is delivered on an opt-in "bring your own device" basis.

Preschool services can select one of nine languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish.

Following the 2018-2019 announcement to expand the ELLA program, an additional four languages will be developed and implemented in a staged approach in 2019 and 2020 (German, Korean, Turkish and Vietnamese), to align the ELLA suite of languages to those endorsed in the  Australian Curriculum: Languages.

In addition to increasing the number of preschools participating in ELLA, further funding will allow ELLA program to be trialed in schools (from Foundation to Year 2) in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 calendar years.

ELLA is aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework.

Program guidelines for the 2017–18 ELLA expansion explain how the program is managed. These guidelines will be updated prior to the beginning of the 2019 school year.

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

The 2019 ELLA preschools application round and the ELLA F-2 schools trial Expression of Interest will open towards the end of 2018.

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

English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) trial

In the 2017–18 Budget, the Australian Government committed $5.9 million for the English Language Learning for Indigenous Children (ELLIC) trial to help improve English literacy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children for whom English is a second or subsequent language.

ELLIC will build on the Government’s successful Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program and will be offered in a minimum of 20 preschools with a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preschool children primarily in regional and remote areas.

The trial sites will be selected through consultation with Indigenous communities.

More information is available on the ELLIC webpage.

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 Music Australia to provide professional support for music classes in schools that culminates in an annual Celebration Day involving over 700,000 students and 3,000 schools. In addition to giving disadvantaged students in low socio-economic and regional and remote areas vital opportunities to participate in music learning, the program builds the capacity of teachers to integrate music and arts learning into the Australian Curriculum.