Part of the work of our respective organisations is to advocate on behalf of both our members and the profession we represent to policy and decision makers, and to the general public. Advocacy work may consist of formal responses to Government policy announcements, or press releases etc. They may include other forms of public communication and outreach. Issues we respond to may have national scope, or they may be relevant only to a state or local jurisdiction. 

In the past couple of years, we have seen several significant issues emerge that, as experts and representatives of language and linguistics professionals, we are well-placed to respond to. Examples include improving public health message effectiveness across Australia’s CALD communities, especially in response to COVID19 challenges; and our sector’s responses to the Federal Government ‘Job-ready Graduates’ package that has made languages ‘cheaper’ to study at the tertiary sector.  

As individual associations we may be considered ‘small fish’ when it comes to advocating for policy change, or making recommendations following government and other organisational announcements. We are more likely to be considered ‘bigger fish’ if we work together, at least as a consortium of signatories when engaged in advocacy and publicity work that is of broader national concern.  

There are various ways we might develop a process by which a consortium could be activated either reactively in response to policy, or proactively to raise public awareness on issues.  

Aim: The aim of the roundtable is therefore to discuss these questions: 

  1. what are the key recent, current and future issues that are of most concern to members of our respective organisations? 
  2. what kinds of activities might a consortium of language and linguistics professional associations engage in as a consortium?  
  3. what mechanisms/systems might be put in place to ensure a sustainable coordination of joint actions and effective communication between societies? 

As a participant in this roundtable discussion, you are invited to consider these three questions so that we are all able to learn about what are the main concerns of our respective organisations, and what different associations might want to achieve through a more coordinated approach to advocacy.



About Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities, Sixth Biennial Colloquium: Decentring and diversifying languages and cultures

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The unprecedented world events that have taken place over the last year have had a clearly disruptive impact on languages and cultures education and research. Without diminishing the personal losses and stresses that these events have triggered, we also acknowledge that they have given us an opportunity to question what we do, how we do it and why we do it.

As we continue to adjust to a new (ab)normal reality and to tackle the many challenges faced by an increasingly vulnerable education sector, we invite colleagues to consider critically how the disruption of what it means to teach and research in the field of languages and cultures has been enacted in their own contexts.

We welcome contributions that capture the wide range of theoretical, empirical and pedagogical strategies that may have helped colleagues face these challenging times. We are particularly interested in how de/re-centring strategies may have manifested and enhanced the diversification of our teaching and research practices to consider more accessible and inclusive approaches (taking into account questions of gender, race, social class, etc.).

Colloquium program

Key Dates:

CALL for papers opens

Wednesday 9 June 2021


Friday 17 September 2021

Notification of abstract proposal outcomes

Early August for First Round of Submissions


Late September / Early October for Extended Round

Registrations open

Wednesday 4 August 2021

Registrations extended to

Friday 26 November 2021


24-26 November 2021

If you have any queries, please contact the LCNAU 2021 Organising Committee via email



Registration required