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NDIS & NDIS Commission in First Nation Languages

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Our WAiS work with people, families and service providers, across regional and remote areas of Western Australia, has highlighted the need for some accessible audio resources for local communities, in their local language about the NDIS and the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.

The languages available so far are Kimberley Kriol, Ngaanyatjarra, Martu Wangka and Walmajarri. If you would like a specific language translated, please contact us on 9481 0101 or email admin@waindividualisedservices.org.au

Thanks to the local people who have guided us, and to the Aboriginal Interpreting Service WA for assisting us with this work.

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Kimberley Kriol

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Below you can hear the information in Kimberley Kriol.

Kriol is a language spoken across the north of Australia, from WA into the Northern Territory and part of Queensland. The spelling of the name is a version of ‘creole’. There are many creole languages spoken around the Kimberley – the majority came in to being as a result of colonisation. The Kriol spoken across the north of Australia varies from east to west, and there are several dialects, even within the Kimberley region. (Kimberley Language Resource Centre)

Ngaanyatjarra

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Below you can hear the information in Ngaanyatjarra.

Ngaanyatjarra is spoken in the western desert area by the people northeast of the Rawlinson Ranges around Warburton. (Goldfields Aboriginal Language Centre)

 

Martu Wangka

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Below you can hear the information in Martu Wangka.

Martu Wangka means 'Aboriginal language' and it is spoken by about 800-1,000 Martu people in and around the Gibson and Great Sandy Desert area of Western Australia. The communities where a significant number of Martu Wangka speakers live are Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu, Newman and Nullagine. (Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre)

Walmajarri

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Below you can hear the information in Walmajarri.

The Walmajarri language is spoken by the Walmajarri people who traditionally lived in the Great Sandy Desert to the south of the Kimberley. Currently Walmajarri is spoken in Fitzroy Crossing and the Fitzroy Valley. (Australian Society for Indigenous Languages)

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