Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages

Find out about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, language centres and language resources in Queensland.

All Indigenous languages in Queensland are considered to be ‘endangered’. This means there are very few fluent speakers of the language. The State Library of Queensland supports community language revival activities through community workshops and the development of language resources including these webpages.

The Indigenous Languages Strategy and associated activities at the State Library of Queensland are supported through funding from the Indigenous Languages Support Program (ILS) from the Australian Government’s Department of Communication and the Arts, Ministry for the Arts.

Why language is important

Ethel Munn is an Elder of the Gunggari Aboriginal people of south west Queensland. She explains the importance of language.

Indigenous languages in Queensland

Information guides and resources associated with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in Queensland

Indigenous languages map of Queensland

An interactive map showing the distribution of the various Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages throughout the state of Queensland, Australia, with links to more information.

Word lists

Links to a range of word lists supporting Queensland's Indigenous communities in their work to document and preserve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

Languages of the Torres Strait Islands

Information about Torres Strait Islander languages.

Meston Papers

Overview of Archibald Meston's materials on Indigenous languages

New media toolkit

New media makes it possible for anyone to create, modify and share Indigenous language content with others, using relatively simple tools that are often free or inexpensive. New media requires a computer, tablet or mobile device with Internet access.

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