ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Submission: ACT Languages Policy: Languages for All Canberrans

Publication date: 
February 2011

ACTCOSS welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services (DHCS) Discussion Paper for an ACT Languages Policy. The paper Languages for all Canberrans is a new policy and in many ways quite revolutionary. ACTCOSS commends the ACT Government on its efforts to develop such a policy.

There is scope to broaden the ACT Languages Policy to work with community partners. This comment also calls for greater consultation with the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community for the development of this policy and notes the need for more interpreter services, and English language support.