Australia/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.5 Language issues and policies

Other than programs supporting Indigenous languages, there are no overall policies regarding language in Australia, which is an Anglophone country.  There is a program stream known as LOTE (Languages Other than English) offered in most schools, but the proportion of students studying a second language through to the end of high school is estimated as being between 15–20 per cent of all students, despite strong advocacy by business, government and academics that students will benefit through the study of a second language.

The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) has both radio and television services that have mandates to serve the non-English speaking populations of Australia, other than Indigenous populations.  See further in 4.2.6 below.

Chapter published: 26-12-2013