Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) program

DRIL program

What is the Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages program?Adnyamathanha storytelling

The Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages (DRIL) Program has been created to support the long-term maintenance of Australian Aboriginal languages.

This innovative training program aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to work autonomously in developing, managing and running their own language projects themselves. Since its national launch in 2012, the DRIL Training Program has played a significant role in increasing the effectiveness and capacity of Indigenous Language Centres and grassroots Community Language Teams to reclaim, revitalise and maintain Australia's Indigenous languages.

The people who take part in this program also learn to share their skills with other people in their own communities and organisations. In this way, more and more people will have the skills to develop and run their own language projects.


Learn more about DRIL

You can learn more about the way the DRIL training program runs and the 44 modules we currently offer by clicking here.


DRIL languages, locations and workshop schedule

The DRIL program has supported approximately ninety-six languages across Australia in partnership with individuals, communities and organisations.

Click on the blue links below to learn more about where we've been running our workshops.

2016 workshops

2015 workshops — 25 DRIL workshops and 2 Professional Development workshops were held in 2015.

2014 workshops — 38 DRIL workshops and 2 Professional Development workshops were held in 2014.

2013 workshops — 26 DRIL workshops were held in 2013.

2012 workshops — The DRIL training program opened to national participation in January 2012. 14 DRIL workshops and two national Master-Apprentice workshops were held that year.

DRIL pilot — The DRIL program was tested, evaluated and modified in 12 pilot workshops that ran from October 2010-November 2011 in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.


Professional Development

The DRIL training team is running a series of Leadership Professional Development workshops with DRIL participants from around Australia. The goals of these workshops are to:

- strengthen the participants' skills in linguistics, language documentation and revitalisation methods, and language teaching, and to

- build the participants' capacity to become trainers and share their skills with other people in their families, communities and workplaces.

In 2014, two Professional Development workshops were held from January 14-21 and November 18-25.

In 2015, an advanced level Professional Development workshop will be held from July 6-16 with the 2014 participants, to increase their skills in language teaching and linguistics. A new cohort of trainees will begin this program later in the year through a workshop to be held from 23-28 November 2015.


Nationally accredited training programs

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 now in the process of developing a Certificate IV in Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages.

The non-accredited, Flexible pathway will continue to be offered alongside the accredited pathways.


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DRIL staff and Consultation Group

Follow this link to learn more about the DRIL trainers, and the Consultation Group members who are helping us develop the accredited pathway for DRIL.


Documenting and Revitalising Indigenous Languages Resource Room

Participants in training workshops are given login access to the DRIL Resource Room. This site provides details of each workshop and video and PDF learning resources for each DRIL module.


Contact RNLD

Please contact RNLD if you are interested in participating in this training program.