The number of languages spoken in Australia is set to increase, with the government announcing this week that more than 80 new languages will be added to the list of languages.
Language experts and educators have long said Australia’s increasing language diversity will have long-term implications for the country’s future.
Key points:The new language list is expected to include English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and MandarinNew language additions include more than 30 new languages that Australia already hasThe announcement comes amid the countrys most recent census, which found there were only around 300,000 languages spoken, and that the majority of Australians speak a few different languages.
But that has been challenged by experts in recent years, with a growing number of countries and states introducing more or more languages.
The new Australian language list, due to be announced in September, is expected as many as 30 new new languages.
It will be made up of 35 languages spoken on an “as needed basis” basis, the Australian Government said.
“Australia is now a multicultural nation and many of the languages spoken by Australians today are not in use today,” it said.”[The new list] will help guide the country towards a more inclusive future.”
There will also be a new category for “alternative or ‘alternative’ language”, which will be used for “the use of alternative languages and cultural expressions”.
This means, for example, English or French may not be included in a language list for the purpose of education or employment.
But the government says it will ensure the inclusion of the language of choice for an individual’s daily life, and for those working in the Australian workplace.
“It is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure the availability of the official languages of the Commonwealth,” the department said.