30th Anniversary of the National Policy on Languages
Kwong Lee Dow Building
234 Queensberry Street
The National Policy on Languages (NPL), written by Joseph Lo Bianco and passed by parliament in 1987, was the first comprehensive national language policy in an English speaking country. It was adopted by the Australian government as an inclusive national plan to cover Australia's language needs and interests including: English and English literacy, deafness and sign language, indigenous languages rights, community and Asian languages, cross-cultural and intercultural training in professions, extensions to translating and interpreting services, multilingual resources in public libraries, media, support for adult literacy and English as an Additional Language (EAL). The NPL resulted in significant investment at national and state level and the development of new policies on language and literacy.
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the NPL, this seminar will focus on its significance in language planning and ways of moving forward.