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Community Language Schools

​​The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) provides support to eligible not-for-profit community organisations to teach languages other than
for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 out of school hours. Community Language Schools in Western Australia can access: 

  • development support through the Pathways to Improvement Program  
  • a free professional learning program  
  • the Community Languages Resource Collection at the State Library of Western Australia 
  • grants for new and established schools to support administration and operations 

Community Language School funding currently supports 47 community language schools teaching 33 languages to more than 5900 students.


Community Language School grants ​
Funding is available to support community language school admin​istration and operati​ons. Refer to the Community Language School FAQs​ for general information about funding, such as eligibility requirements, what applications can be supported, and how to apply. The funding guidelines and application forms are released when the funding round is open.   

Funding applications are accepted through an annual funding round that is announced at the start of the school year.
 For further information, please contact


The 2019 funding round is now closed. The 2019 funding round closed at 4.00pm Monday 11 March 2019. 


Pathways to Improvement Program  

The Pathways to Improvement Program (PIP) is development program for community language schools. The PIP has been developed to improve and maintain quality language teaching and learning. The PIP helps administrators, teachers, parents, community members and students understand what makes a good community language school and quality language program.  


To apply for funding in 2020, community language schools must have achieved Stage 1 - Registration of the PIP delivered by the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia (AIMWA). 


Schools that achieve the Registration stage will qualify for CLS funding for the three (3) years from 2020-2023, subject to maintaining their PIP portfolio documentation over this periodThe annual application process will require schools to provide updated school information and student enrolment details, all other information is gathered through the PIP evaluation. 


For further information please see the Pathways to Improvement information sheet or visit the Community Languages website.


For questions related to the Pathways to Improvement Program email: 


Professional Learning Program 

The Professional Learning Program (PLP) is provided free of charge to all teachers and administrators of Western Australia’s community language schools.  


The PLP workshops are practical and interactive and give school staff the opportunity to network with peers from the sector. 

Community language schools that are not funded by OMI are also able to access the PLP.  


For information on course dates and bookings visit the Community Languages website.


Community Languages WA 

The Community Languages WA (CLWA) website is a destination for information, resources, networking and collaboration for community language teachers and administrators.It is an excellent resource for the sector and encourages community languages schools to contribute stories and experiences.  


The website can be found at


Community Languages Collection 

The State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) houses an extensive collection of teaching materials and resources for more than 40 languages. The collection has been made available to language teachers, particularly those from the community languages sector, through the Office of Multicultural Interests.  


The Community Languages Collection  comprises a range of hardcopy, digital, audio and visual resources that can be used in classes or in the development of lesson plans, ensuring students are receiving the best possible language education.  


The State Library of Western Australia has also developed Teacher Resources for use by community language teachers. The CLC is available at the State Library of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge.  



The following templates may be useful for your school's administration, and to submit with your funding application or final report where requested:

Useful links ​​

Community Languages Australia​​

Community Languages Western Australia​

School Curriculum and Standards Authority​​