Indigenous Languages Grants

In 2019, the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, we are bringing to the forefront the need to preserve our Indigenous languages and reaffirm Queensland as a state with a strong commitment to cultural values, diversity and heritage.

There were once more than 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects spoken in Queensland. Today, about 50 of these remain, with less than 20 used as a first language, and only seven per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people speaking an Australian Indigenous language at home.

The Queensland Government Indigenous Languages Grants Program supports a range of activities across the state that are dedicated to the preservation, research, and revitalisation of Indigenous languages in Queensland.

Indigenous Languages Grants Program 2019

Thirty-one grants have been awarded for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language preservation revival initiatives through the Indigenous Languages Grants Program.

Organisation name


Central Queensland Region

Gidarjil Development Corporation Limited

Woppaburra Language Reclamation

TSP Theatre Inc

Watti Watti Desert Trek - Preserving the Wangkangurru Indigenous Language

Yin Bira Kindergarten

Animal Antics in Ghungalu

Cairns and Hinterland

Buubu Gujin Aboriginal Corporation

"Ngaanthu-ngay Thagaal-ngun, Nhila-ngan, Gurra galmba Gaadaanu" (Women of the Past, Today, and Future")

Douglas Shire Community Services Association Ltd (T/A Mossman Support Services)

Project in Indigenous Language - Kuku Yalanji First Readers iBooks

Isabella State School P&C Committee

NAIDOC Indigenous Languages and Dance Performance

Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation

"Eastern Kuku Yalanji Family History Stories" 2nd Edition with Eastern Yalanji Language translations

Kowanyama State School

Exposing and Teaching Indigenous Languages of Kowanyama

Kuranda District State College P&C Association

Djabugay Language Program

Mossman State School P&C Association

Kuku Yalanji Indigenous Language Program Bilingual Signage Project

Napranum Parents and Learning Group

Napranum Early Childhood Indigenous Language Initiative

Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council

Indigenous Language Preservation

North Queensland

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Mackay Ltd

Indigenous Language Signs

Ayr State School P&C Association

Gathering our Languages - Knowing our Country and Knowing our Place

Bowen Goodstart Early Learning

Respectful Relationships through Indigenous Languages

Burketown Primary P&C Association

Gangalidda Indigenous Language Revival Program

C&K Mackay Children & Family Centre

Embedding & Reviving the Yuwibara & Barada Barna language

Keriba Mina Zenadh Indigenous Corporation

'Etami Kaimel'-Indigenous Language

South East Queensland (North)

Ananda Marga River School P&F Association

People of The Lawyer Vine: Bringing Language Back To Jinibara Country

Australian Heritage Specialists for Stanley River Environment Education Centre
and Jinibara Peoples Aboriginal Corporation

Indigenous Languages - Jinibara Fauna Signs

Bribie Island Community Kindergarten

Shirley Creek Reserve on Joondoburri land within the Gubbi Gubbi Nation- Rejuvenating Language Project

Caboolture State School P&C Association

Indigenous Languages: Spreading Kabi Kabi Through the Community

Goodstart Early Learning Kedron

Indigenous Activities using the Yagara/Turrubal language

Minjerribah-Moorgumpin Elders in Council Aboriginal Corporation

Reconstructing and Sharing the Indigenous Languages of the Islands of Minjerribah and Moorgumpin

South East Queensland (South)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Services Brisbane

Capturing our Indigenous Languages through Children's Co-created Story Books

Berrinba East State School's P&C Association

Berrinba's Yugambeh Language Heritage Trail and Yarning Circle

C&K Flagstone Community Kindergarten

Numala Yugambeh (Embrace Yugambeh) Indigenous Language Activation Program

South West Queensland

Gunggari Native Title Aboriginal Corporation

Gunggari Dictionary and Language Resources

The Empire Theatre Projects

South West Queensland Indigenous Cultural Languages

The Trustee for the Hymba Yumba Community

Yuggera - Indigenous Language Handbook

Cape and Torres

NPA P&C Association

NPA Indigenous Languages Poster