Australian Indigenous Languages

Australian Indigenous Languages

For further information on Australian Indigenous Studies offered across the university, please check the AuIS website!

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

Australian Indigenous Languages Classes in 2021

Semester 1

  • Gamilaraay: Introduction to an Australian Indigienous Langauge : enrol in INDG2003 or INDG6003 . This course is being offered either face-to-face (recommended) or online.


Winter School

  • Gamilaraay: Continuing Gamilaraay: enrol in INDG2004, or INDG6004: Intensive course in July. Held at ANU.

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