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Language Access Initiatives Program

For all those who made submissions for funds under the new Language Access Initiatives Program, it is likely to be several months before any final decision on the distribution of funds is made.

All submissions should have been with ATSIC Regional Offices by 12 February 1999. At the moment, ATSIC Regional Officers are assessing submissions and Regional Councils will also be making comment on them. After this process has been completed, all the submissions and regional comments will be sent to ATSIC in Canberra, and a national committee will make the final decision on the allocation of funds.

The national committee will be chaired by the Portfolio Commissioner for language, Commissioner Preston Thomas, and will include several Commissioners as well as representatives from ATSIC State and/or Regional Offices.

The Chairman of FATSIL will also be invited to sit on the national committee. The national committee will be meeting early in May and shortly after Regional Offices will be advised of the outcomes.

If you have any queries about Language Access Initiatives funding, please contact
Lisa Hill on (02) 6289 8871 or by email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or
Col Strand on (02) 6289 3459 or by email
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