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Communities involved in language revitalisation need access to primary and secondary materials (audio visual recordings as well as written records). These are held in many local, state and national archives and libraries, in both public institutions and private collections. These locations are often very remote from local individual communities. Often it is not possible for community people to be aware of all of the various locations of every piece of research material and it can take years for them to collect and repatriate copies of all of the materials.

For future generations, wishing to continue to revitalise their languages, copies of all materials produced should be stored in safe locations within and beyond the community. Copies need to be kept in the local or regional language and culture centre or other relevant local community organisation. Copies also need to be lodged with an archive, such as AIATSIS, which has suitable storage facilities. Just as past recordings and pieces of language documentation are a valuable resource for present generations, language materials being produced by present generations will add to the valuable body of work and knowledge for future generations