National Indigenous Languages Report

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications,
13 Agosto 2020, Australia

This Report supports what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have consistently asserted about the importance of language; speaking language provides cultural, social and economic benefits to individuals, communities and the nation.

Drawing on research and analysis conducted by the Australian National University (ANU), this Report further identifies a wide range of language-based employment opportunities, such as translating and interpreting, teaching, arts and culture, broadcasting, tourism, and land and sea management. Given the demonstrated benefits of speaking language, and the widely acknowledged benefits of employment, capitalising on these opportunities should be a priority for governments at all levels.