The NSW Board of Studies Teaching and Education Standards (BOSTES)
has research materials and guides for teaching Aboriginal languages in
schools http://ab-ed.bostes.nsw.edu.au/ and the 2015 Stage 6
Aboriginal Languages course
OCHRE: opportunity, choice, healing, responsibility, empowerment. NSW Government Plan for Aboriginal affairs. http://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/AA_OCHRE_final.pdf
* launched on 5 April 2013 * first aim 'Teach more Aboriginal
language and culture to build people’s pride and identity', establish
Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests (Executive Summary, http://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/OCHRE-Exec-Summ-Final-Web-Ready.pdf)
following 'Ministerial Taskforce on Aboriginal Affairs Final Report. March 2013.' http://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/FINAL-Taskforce-Report-19.03.13.pdf
Aboriginal Language and Culture Nests under OCHRE http://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/aboriginal-language-and-culture-nests
In 2011, Aboriginal Affairs commissioned an Aboriginal languages research project where Dr
Shayne Williams explored the connection between the teaching of
Aboriginal languages and culture and the benefits to community
well-being and engagement with the education system http://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/research-evaluation/research-publications links to the papers http://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/pdfs/research-and-evaluation/importance-of-teaching-learning-aboriginal-languages-cultures.pdf
(20 pages, March 2012) and http://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/pdfs/research-and-evaluation/Final-report-final-version.pdf (175 pages, Jan 2012)
NSW Aboriginal Languages Research and Resource Centre
(The Languages Centre), now defunct; was part of the NSW Department of Aboriginal
Affairs, founded 2003; was at http://www.alrrc.nsw.gov.au/ until 2013; archived at http://web.archive.org/web/20130426025750/http://www.alrrc.nsw.gov.au/
For a time the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc was auspice for its successor, the Council for Aboriginal Languages Coordination and Development; then the Aboriginal community language support functions were returned to Aboriginal Affairs, including the Our Languages, Our Way grants program http://www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au/nsw-aboriginal-communities/our-languages-our-way-grants
The first state Aboriginal Languages Policy (NSW DAA)
http://www.daa.nsw.gov.au/data/files//languagespolicyFINAL.pdf, dated 24 May 2004
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"While English is the official language of Norfolk Island, recognition has also been given to ‘Norf’k’, a mixture of 18th Century English and Tahitian, brought to the island by the Pitcairners. The Norfolk Island Language (Norf’k) Act 2004 not only recognised Norf’k but affirmed ‘the right of the people to speak and write it freely and without interference or prejudice from government or other persons’. The Act also allows for Norf’k to be taught in school. UNESCO has recognised the language following a submission by the Norfolk Island Government. The significance of the language policy is that it identifies and recognises a unique cultural element, provides identity and emphasizes the island’s ‘special cultural values’."Turner, Mark. 2007. Norfolk Island / Australia. Kreddha Autonomy Mapping Project.
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Acknowledgements: incorporating suggestions from (newest to earliest) Anthony Seiver (Principal Policy Officer, NSW Aboriginal Affairs), Bruce Reyburn, John White, Jason Lee, Adriano Truscott, Melanie Gillbank, Christina Eira <ceira AT vaclang.org.au>, Mary-Anne Gale, Rob Amery, Jane Simpson, and David Nathan's Language rights & policy links in his World Wide Web Virtual Library; also from some of the sources listed in my links and resources on Endangered Languages and language documentation (to 2005)