The survey and the preparation of this report were carried out through a joint consultancy by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and the Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages (FATSIL). This grouping won a tender to carry out the survey in 2004.
The tender was offered by the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services (ATSIS), the administrative arm of the former Aboriginal mand Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), in 2003.
Since the time that the tender was awarded, both ATSIS and ATSIC have ceased to exist, and the functions of ATSIS have passed to several other Australian Government departments. The languages section of ATSIS has been incorporated into the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA), and with it the responsibility for this consultancy.
The team who worked on the report at AIATSIS included Professor Luke Taylor and Ms Dianne Hosking (project coordinators); and Dr Patrick McConvell, Mr Douglas Marmion and Ms Sally McNicol (researchers and writers).
The specific data collection and writing responsibilities of each are detailed in Chapter 4.