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DRIL training program

DRIL program

Who can take part in this program?

The program is designed for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who want to do their own language work to strengthen their language. You can take part in the training just by yourself, or with other people in your family, a small group in your community, or in your workplace.


What will I learn in this program?

Currently there are many different modules (or subjects) to choose from in the Flexible DRIL mode, grouped into eight topics. A program is designed specifically for you depending on your interests and the project you want to develop. You can continue to choose modules as your skills build and your project grows.

What qualification will I get?

There are three pathways for DRIL.

1) Flexible, intensive workshop format in your community or workplaceBruce Thomas & certificate

The Flexible DRIL pathway does not provide a formal qualification. Workshops are specifically tailored to your interests and needs. You can learn at your own pace, and take as many or as few DRIL modules as you need in order to continue developing your language project. There are no assignments or assessment. You receive recognition for each completed DRIL module.

2) Nationally accredited certificates

10124NAT Certificate II in Master-Apprentice Language Learning Program and 10541NAT Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Communities and Workplaces are nationally recognised training programs owned by the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity Inc.

We are currently developing a nationally accredited Certificate IV in Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages.

3) Professional Development workshopsThe DRIL training team is running a series of Leadership Professional Development workshops with DRIL participants from around Australia. This is a selective entry program that aims to:

- increase the professional capacity of Indigenous people engaged in language work

- strengthen the participants' knowledge of linguistics, language documentation, and language revitalisation methods

- develop the capacity of Indigenous language activists to become trainers and share skills with other people in families, communities and workplaces, and

- help to build a professional network amongst Indigenous language activists


Do I have to take all the modules or units?

In the Flexible DRIL pathway, you don't have to take all of the modules in the program or even all of the modules in any topic. A program will be designed specifically for you. Trainees can start at any point depending on your interests and the project you want to develop. You can choose modules as your skills build and your project grows.

You are required to take a number of core units and electives in the Certificate II and Certificate III programs.


What background skills or education do I need?

You don't need any previous experience or any special skills to take part in the Flexible DRIL pathway. You don't need to be a speaker of an Indigenous language to take DRIL modules, and if you are not confident about reading and writing in English, the Flexible DRIL pathway can be modified to meet your needs. We design a program with each participant or group based around your background and interests.

Where does the program take place?Kabi Kabi at the Qld State Library

When you contact us to let us know you are interested in the program, we will talk with you about your interests and training needs. We will discuss where and when the training can take place. Usually, the training program will start with a short, intensive on-site workshop in your community or organisation. After the workshop, you will be given supporting resources so that you can continue your learning at home or at work. Follow-up on-site workshops can be held to talk about how your project is going and to get you started on the next steps.

How long does the program take?

The timeframe for Flexible DRIL program will vary from person to person. When you enter the training program and begin choosing your modules, we will give you an idea of how long we expect it might take to complete the training and the practice tasks. You can fit the training around the other parts of your home and work life.

The Certificate II can be completed in approximately 26 weeks, and the Certificate III will take approximately 30 weeks to complete.

What support will I get?

You can phone or email our staff in the RNLD office if you have any difficulties or questions about the topics that you learned about in a DRIL workshop.

You will become part of a network of people who are doing this program.

When you register for this program, we will also try to identify a local or regional organisation or person who can give you occasional support with your language work. If you don't have access to a computer, we will work with you and your support organisation to make sure that you have access to the resources and materials.

What does the training cost?

At present, RNLD charges approximately $1000 per day to organisations or community groups for Flexible DRIL workshops to assist in covering some of our costs.

Please contact our Training Support Officer <training @> to enquire about fees for the Certificate II and III programs.