30th Anniversary of the National Policy on Languages Achievements, impact and ways forward

The National Policy on Languages (NPL), written by Joseph Lo Bianco and passed by parliament in 1987, was the first comprehensive national language policy in an English speaking country. It was adopted by the Australian government as an inclusive national plan to cover Australia's language needs and interests including: English and English literacy, deafness and sign language, indigenous languages rights, community and Asian languages, cross-cultural and intercultural training in professions, extensions to translating and interpreting services, multilingual resources in public libraries, media, support for adult literacy and English as an Additional Language (EAL). The NPL resulted in significant investment at national and state level and the development of new policies on language and literacy.

The symposium is co-hosted by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross Cultural Communication (RUMACCC), SOLL, Faculty of Arts.

Presenters will include:
*Professor Joe Lo Bianco
*Professor John Hajek
*Professor Lesley Farrell
*Professor Tim McNamara
*Professor Gillian Wigglesworth
*Dr Janine Oldfield
*Ms Maree Dellora
*Mr Adolfo Gentile.