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THE Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) has assumed responsibility for the former ATSIS Indigenous Languages Program, together with the Indigenous Arts and Culture, Sport and Recreation and Broadcasting programs.

Previously a Canberra-based organisation, the Department now has officers on the ground in every State and Territory within the Indigenous Coordination Centre (ICC) network.

Over the past few months DCITA has focused on getting its new regional network up and running and on becoming familiar with the objectives and operations of its new programs.The operation of the Indigenous Languages Program has continued without disruption and with its full planned budget.

The Department is looking forward to the completion and release of the National Survey of Indigenous Languages which is being carried out by AIATSIS in collaboration with FATSIL.The results of this survey will be vital in improving future language strategies.

Some of the Department's existing services and programs that are of particular interest to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are the Telecommunications Action Plan for Remote Indigenous Communities (TAPRIC), the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Dance Association Dance College (NAISDA), the Return of Indigenous Cultural Property Program and the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) and touring arts programs such as Festivals Australia, Playing Australia and Visions of Australia.

The Department's portfolio agencies include the Australia Council's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board (ATSIAB), the Australian Film Commission, the Australian Film,Television and Radio School, the Australian Sports Commission, the National Archives of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and the National Museum of Australia.

DCITA has recently launched a new Indigenous Programs section in its web site. So if you want to know more or are unsure who to contact go to: http://www.archive.dcita.gov.au/.