The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment has engaged the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (AFMLTA) to undertake this project with key stakeholders, nationally.


The purpose of this project is to develop a National Languages Plan and Strategy for languages education in Australia. The objective is to support the Australian Government efforts to increase the uptake of language learning in schools.


Teachers of languages and interested stakeholders were involved in online Focus Groups during August-September.
A National Summit was also held in July 2021 with representatives from jurisdictions and national organisations.


A Discussion Paper was developed in June 2021 to facilitate national stakeholder consultation on the development of the National Languages Plan and Strategy. The Discussion Paper includes four key sections:

  1. Why do we need a National Plan and Strategy for Languages Education in Australia?
  2. What are the preliminary findings from the data?
  3. What might the National Plan and Strategy look like?
  4. What are the next steps and how can stakeholders be involved?

Download the Discussion Paper (PDF) here.

Thank you to the hundreds of languages teachers and stakeholders from across Australia who have contributed their voice to the consultation phase of this project through the Teacher Surveys, National Summit and Focus Groups held during 2021. 

The valuable data collected is now being analysed and reviewed to inform the development of the National Plan and Strategy for languages education in Australia.
This document will be submitted to the Australian Government Department of Education Skills and Employment in May 2022. 


Sherryl Saunders, AFMLTA Project Director
Kylie Farmer, AFMLTA Project Manager
Andrew Scrimgeour, Lead Researcher, University of South Australia
Anne-Marie Morgan, Lead Researcher, James Cook University


Sherryl Saunders,
AFMLTA Project Director
e: [email protected]
m: 0409 878 091

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