Advancing the sustainability of Indigenous languages



RNLD stands alongside Indigenous people who know there is a strong link between their language work and community resilience, health, wellbeing and cultural identity. We support the sustainability of Indigenous Languages and Indigenous peoples’ ownership of their language documentation and revitalisation. We are responsive to community need, and offer training, advocacy, networking, professional development and information sharing.


NOTE: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors to this website are advised that it may contain names and images of people who have passed away.


Resources & activities

On this site, you will find a wide range of resources to support the documentation and revitalisation of Indigenous languages. We hope you find them helpful in your language work. To use our resources and to learn more about us and our activities, please choose from the menu items above.


Donate to our work

ACNCRNLD relies on grants and donations to carry out our projects and to support the community members who take part in our DRIL training workshops. Please click the yellow DONATE button at the top of the page if you would like to donate and financially support the work that RNLD does. RNLD has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Taxation Office and donations over $2 are tax deductible. All sponsors are acknowledged on our Donations Page and in our publications.




Each month we highlight recent training workshops run by our Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) training program.

May 2019 saw our first ever Professional Development Workshop for Youth. In the past, RNLD has had six Professional Development Workshops - none of these ever targeting a specific age group before. For 2019's PD Workshop, we targeted youth doing any type of language work, from around the country, aged 18-30.  All of our participants come from various places and language groups from around Australia, to participate in a 4-day workshop in Melbourne. We tailored our training program to the skill needs and wants of the participants that attended. For this workshop, the training focus was in linguistics, language documentation, sound recording and editing, public speaking, language teaching, and project planning. Sharon Edgar-Jones, Annalee Pope, Michael Jarrett and Nathan Schreiber were our guest trainers helping the RNLD training team deliver everything over the 4 days. One of the training focuses being public speaking, on the Thursday night RNLD hosted an intimate public speaking event for the participants to practice their public speaking. Our participants, Anil, Kaitlyn, Lakota, Robert and Vincent all did a great job sharing with a small audience about their language journeys, passions and visions for their languages. It was a huge jam-packed 4 days, but made the most of the time we had together.

This year's PD Workshop was a very momentous workshop - not only because it was our first ever PD workshop for youth, but because we also had 3 previous PD participants join us as mentor/trainers. Annalee, Sharon and Ebony were all previous participants of the Professional Development training stream, each coming from the past three cohorts of participants. It was great for them to be a part of the new PD workshop, training and mentoring people that were in the same position as them when they attended RNLD's PD workshops. 

We appreciate all the time and effort of everyone involved in bringing the workshop together. A big thank you to all our participants that attended - it was such a pleasure meeting you all. We are all so excited to see where your language journeys lead you in the future. All the best!


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Racism. It Stops With Me

RNLD is proud to have joined forces with some of Australia’s leading businesses, sporting bodies and NGO’s to support the "Racism. It Stops With Me" campaign. For more information about the campaign go to or follow the campaign on Twitter @ItStopsWithMe.


RNLD acknowledges the traditional owners of the land and seas of Australia, of elders past and present on whose land we work.