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Professional Development workshop 6

From 29 May-2 June 2017, the Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) Training Program ran our first Stage III Professional Development workshop. This workshop brought together 14 participants from the two cohorts that completed Stages I and II of the Professional Development program between 2014-2016. The participants came from the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, and Queensland.

This workshop coincided with and celebrates National Reconciliation Week 2017.



This program aims to develop the professional capacity of Indigenous people engaged in language work and to build a professional network. The training strengthens the participants' knowledge of linguistics and their ability to work independently across all aspects of language programs. It builds the capacity to become trainers and share skills with other people in families, communities and workplaces.


Over five days, the workshop trainers provided intensive training in linguistic topics and project planning. This workshop also included a special focus on Building Indigenous Leadership in Language Work. The full program is available here (PDF download).


  • Grant Thompson (Ngukurr, Northern Territory) — Ngandi (N90)
  • Hiroko Shioji (Broome, Western Australia) — Yawuru (K1)
  • Nadine Taylor (Geraldton, Western Australia) — Wajarri (A39)
  • Edie Maher (Geraldton, Western Australia) — Wajarri (A39)
  • Lorice Douglas (South Hedland, Western Australia) — Ngarluma (W38)
  • Salote Bovoro (Adelaide, South Australia) — Adnyamathanha (L10)
  • Michelle Warren (Port Augusta, South Australia) — Dieri (L17)
  • Kelli Owen (Murray Bridge, South Australia) — Ngarrindjeri (S69)
  • Caroline Bradshaw (Kempsey, New South Wales) — Dhanggati (E6)
  • Sharon Edgar-Jones (Stroud, New South Wales) — Gathang (E67), Wonnarua (HRLM) (S63)
  • Terrie Lowe (Grafton, New South Wales) — Bundjalung (E12)
  • Aaron James (Brisbane, Queensland) — Pitta Pitta (G6)
  • Sandra Delaney (Brisbane, Queensland) — Jandai (E19)
  • Patricia Coleman (Gladstone, Queensland) — Byellee (Bayali) (E42)

Training team

DRIL Trainers Margaret Florey, Andrew Tanner, and Amy Parncutt were joined by guest trainers Jessica Solla and Lesley Woods. Margaret, Andrew, Amy and Jess led the linguistic and project planning sessions from Monday to Wednesday. Lesley facilitated the special sessions on Building Indigenous Leadership in Language Work from Thursday to Friday.


ILA logoAcknowledgement

This workshop is supported by a Professional Development grant from the Australian Governments' Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program (Department of Communication and the Arts).