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In March 2007 the Victorian government announced its first step  towards a policy on Indigenous languages in contributing toward a two  day workshop looking at developing a statewide Indigenous languages policy.

Recommendations from the workshop are shaping a policy Discussion Paper to be released to relevant stakeholders.

Indigenous languages are underrepresented in the state and  independent school sector.  Apart from two schools there has been little take up of Aboriginal languages. John Atkinson, Chairperson of VACL, said that the  

policy will aim “to make Aboriginal languages more accessible to the local communities”.

VACL is currently in consultation with the Secretariat to the  Ministerial Task-force of Aboriginal Affairs to confirm the  stakeholders required to make further moves toward developing the  policy and its implementation.

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