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About us

The Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity is an international non-profit organisation which was founded in 2004 to advance the sustainability of the world's Indigenous languages. RNLD (Inc.) is incorporated in the State of Victoria, Australia, and is registered as a tax-exempt organisation. Here's more about our background and the motivation for creating RNLD.

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Our activities

RNLD runs a wide range of activities in Australia and internationally, some of which are undertaken by our officers and members on a voluntary basis, while others are funded by various sources. You can learn more about our activities through this web site.

RNLD's funded activities are primarily supported through the Australian Governments' Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program (Department of Communication and the Arts). Through our grants, RNLD is able to

- increase the capacity of Indigenous community members to document and revitalise their languages through training, resource sharing, networking and mentoring;
- make the Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) training program widely available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language communities around mainland Australia;
- continue to build our capacity to develop and share language maintenance resources, build strategic relationships, act as an advocate for Indigenous languages and increase public awareness of and respect for Indigenous languages.

RNLD is a founding member of the Consortium on Training in Language Documentation and Conservation.


Who we are

You can learn more about our staff and governance by clicking on the links below.

RNLD's staff


Annual General Meetings


Ways we serve

Advisory roles

RNLD serves in an advisory capacity for a number of workshops, conferences and organisations.


Giving Back

RNLD staff take part in a volunteering program to give back to the community. We are currently supporting the Red Cross Blood Service and Melbourne Citymission.


Ethics and Protocols

In our work with Indigenous peoples and organizations, employees of the RNLD recognise the linguistic rights of Aboriginal and Islander communities and adhere to the ethical guidelines and protocols agreed to by the Australian Linguistic Society.



Here is a downloadable RNLD poster to display in your organisation or community and at conferences and workshops.