Grants preserving and reviving Queensland Indigenous languages


The Palaszczuk Government has announced funding for 31 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language preservation and revival initiatives around Queensland.

Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Jackie Trad said $100,000 worth of grants co-funded by DATSIP and the Department of Education would support activities across the state.

“Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to preserve, speak and engage in society through their language of choice is a critical part of providing equal access to opportunities, inclusion and supporting rich, cultural diversity in Queensland,” Ms Trad said.

“It’s also vital to preserving Queensland’s history.

“There were once more than 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in Queensland and today less than 20 are still used as a first language.”

Education Minister Grace Grace said it was pleasing to see so many different organisations getting involved in the initiative.

“Ensuring children learn Indigenous languages is an integral part of preservation – our younger generations are the pioneers of tomorrow who will be responsible for carrying traditional languages into the future,” Ms Grace said.

“It is wonderful to see so many Elders and Traditional Owner groups working with local community organisations, schools and kindergarten providers to share and transfer knowledge of their traditional languages to younger generations.

“Successful initiatives include the creation of new apps and dictionaries, recording oral language, and traditional language programs in schools.”

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council has secured the $15,000 grant for their Indigenous Language Preservation Program, creating an app for the younger children of the community to teach and preserve the Kuku Yalanji language.

Burketown Primary Parents and Citizens Association and Ananda Marga River School Parents and Friends Association have been awarded $7,500 grants each for their language revival programs which aim to introduce traditional language in each of their schools.

A further 28 community-led programs across the state have received $2,500 grant funding to preserve and revitalise Indigenous languages in Queensland.

The following initiatives are being supported to deliver Indigenous language preservation and revitalisation:

Central Queensland Region

Gidarjil Development Corporation Limited

Woppaburra Language Reclamation

TSP Theatre Inc

Watti Watti Desert Trek - Preserving the Wangkangurru Indigenous Language

Yin Bira Kindergarten

Animal Antics in Ghungalu

Far North Queensland

Buubu Gujin Aboriginal Corporation

"Ngaanthu-ngay Thagaal-ngun, Nhila-ngan, Gurra galmba Gaadaanu" (Women of the Past, Today, and Future")

Douglas Shire Community Services Association Ltd/T/A Mossman Support Services

Project in Indigenous Language - Kuku Yalanji First Readers iBooks

Isabella State School P&C Committee

NAIDOC Indigenous Languages and Dance Performance

Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation

"Eastern Kuku Yalanji Family History Stories" 2nd Edition with Eastern Yalanji Language translations

Kowanyama State School

Exposing and Teaching Indigenous Languages of Kowanyama

Kuranda District State College P&C Association

Djabugay Language Program

Mossman State School P&C Association

Kuku Yalanji Indigenous Language Program Bilingual Signage Project

Napranum Parents and Learning Group

Napranum Early Childhood Indigenous Language Initiative

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council

Indigenous Language Preservation

North Queensland

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Mackay Ltd

Indigenous Language Signs

Ayr State School P&C Association

Gathering our Languages - Knowing our Country and Knowing our Place

Bowen Goodstart Early Learning

Respectful Relationships through Indigenous Languages

Burketown Primary P&C Association

Gangalidda Indigenous Language Revival Program

C&K Mackay Children & Family Centre

Embedding & Reviving the Yuwibara & Barada Barna language

Keriba Mina Zenadh Indigenous Corporation

'Atami Kaimel'-Indigenous Language

South East Queensland (North)

Ananda Marga River School P&F Association

People of The Lawyer Vine: Bringing Language Back To Jinibara Country

Australian Heritage Specialists for Stanley River Environment Education Centre 
and Jinibara Peoples Aboriginal Corporation

Indigenous Languages - Jinibara Fauna Signs

Bribie Island Community Kindergarten

Shirley Creek Reserve on Joondoburri land within the Gubbi Gubbi Nation- Rejuvenating Language Project

Caboolture State School P&C Association

Indigenous Languages: Spreading Kabi Kabi Through the Community

Goodstart Early Learning Kedron

Indigenous Activities using the Yagara/Turrubal language

Minjerribah-Moorgumpin Elders in Council Aboriginal Corporation

Reconstructing and Sharing the Indigenous Languages of the Islands of Minjerribah and Moorgumpin

South East Queensland (South)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Services Brisbane

Capturing our Indigenous Languages through Children's Co-created Story Books

Berrinba East State School's P&C Association

Berrinba's Yugambeh Language Heritage Trail and Yarning Circle

C&K Flagstone Community Kindergarten

Numala Yugambeh (Embrace Yugambeh) Indigenous Language Activation Program

South West Queensland

Gunggari Native Title Aboriginal Corporation

Gunggari Dictionary and Language Resources

The Empire Theatre Projects

South West Queensland Indigenous Cultural Languages

The Trustee for the Hymba Yumba Community

Yuggera - Indigenous Language Handbook

Torres Strait

NPA P&C Association

NPA Indigenous Languages Poster

For more information visit 

Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
The Honourable Jackie Trad

Indigenous & Heritage Political Queensland Government

Jackie Trad MP : Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships :
Suite 1/90 Vulture Street, Brisbane
07 3255 3615
07 3255 3627
Jackie Trad MP : Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
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