Advancing the sustainability of Indigenous languages

Welcome to Revitalising Indigenous Languages

Our mission

    RNLD's mission is to create a positive input to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community resilience, health, wellbeing and cultural identity through enabling the sustainability of Indigenous languages.


    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 contact us if you would like to donate and financially support the work that RNLD does. All sponsors are acknowledged on our Donations Page and in our publications.

    We are currently running a crowdfunding campaign through, raising money to update our training spaces in Melbourne. To learn more about the campaign and to make a donation, visit our Chuffed page.



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

    Fourteen participants from our Professional Development Stages I and II came from all over Australia to brave the Melbourne cold and undertake the third stage of our PD workshops from 29 May – 2 June. It was truly inspiring for trainers and participants alike to have so many determined language warriors in the same room, sharing their ideas and passion for Indigenous language maintenance and revival. Trainers conducted sessions on writing complex sentences; historical linguistics and language change; project planning and grant proposals; and semantics and creating new words. We were lucky enough to have guest trainer Lesley Woods (Ngiyampaa) travel down from Port Hedland to lead discussion sessions on building Indigenous leadership in language work. We also welcomed back our former trainer, Jess Solla, who was able to take leave from her new job in Canberra to run some workshops on strategies for creating new words that traditional languages might be lacking (such as laminator, Facebook, texting, and iPad). It was so wonderful to catch up with old friends and see how far everyone has progressed with their language work. We are sure that all the participants will return to their communities with renewed passion to pass on their languages to the next generations!


    Intern or Volunteer

    RNLD is always looking for volunteers and interns to work with us in our office. Please see our volunteers page for information.


    Follow us

    You can follow us on Facebook Follow RNLD group on Facebook and Twitter Follow RNLD on Twitter to learn more about our activities and to keep up to date with news and events around the world.


    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.


    Our members are located all over the world