Australian Indigenous Languages

Australian Indigenous Languages

If you have an interest in issues of relevance to indigenous Australians, adding Indigenous languages to your knowledge in this area will be a very rewarding learning experience. The Australian Indigenous Languages program provides an opportunity for you to explore a language native to Australia, and through this to gain a better understanding of the speakers, their societies, cultures and knowledge systems.

Australia has more than 300 Indigenous languages, both traditional and new. Each reflects the interests, societies, culture and knowledge systems of its speakers. By studying Indigenous languages, you will discover new ways of looking at the world, of communicating, and of thinking. You will come to understand the place of Indigenous languages in society generally, and relationships between language, culture and society in the communities of speakers.

You can study two courses in Australian Indigenous languages as electives, or as part of a Linguistics major, or as part of an Indigenous Studies major.The languages available at ANU will depend on resources and expertise available at the time.

You are encouraged to explore cross-institutional options for studying Indigenous languages. Visit to find out what courses on Indigenous languages are offered in which universities during which semesters. Once you have decided on a course, consult the convenor of Indigenous languages for help with cross-institutional enrolment.

Upcoming Australian Indigenous Languages Classes

Students from ANU and from other universities should enrol in AUST1001/6008 for Gamilaraay 1 and AUST2008/6009 for Gamilaraay 2 at ANU. Cross-institutional enrolments are welcomed

  • Summer 2018 - Gamilaraay 1: Intensive course in Sydney on the CDU Sydney Campus from 8-19 January 2018. Class will be from 9am-1pm each day, with afternoon tutorials. ANU Students traveling to Sydney to undertake this course will need to obtain ANU Travel Approval. ANU Students should email SLLL Administration for more information. *Cross-institutional enrolments close on December 11. Non-ANU students will need to get permission from your university before applying to ANU.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - Gamilaraay 1: Semester 1 course at ANU Canberra from February 19 to May 25.
  • Winter 2018 - Gamilaraay 2: Intensive course from 9-20 July 2018. Location of this course to be decided.
  • To be confirmed: Summer 2019 Gamilaraay 1. Intensive course in Sydney from 14-25 January (dates to be confirmed)

Contact the course convener, Dr John Giacon (, for more information on Gamilaraay 1 or Gamilaraay 2.

You can also study Australian Indigenous Languages within other degrees. For details check Programs and Courses.


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