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Welcome to ACTA's Media Release page where members of the media can find information and recent statements from ACTA. For further information and interviews on ACTA media matters, please contact the President of ACTA, president@tesol.org.au.

Below are general media releases, position statements and submissions. For those on specific sectors, please see our other pages under Advocacy.

June-Spetember 2017 - Inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017

ACTA made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee's Inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017.  ACTA's submission focused on the English proficiency test proposed for Australian Citizenship eligibility: the arbitrary and negative effects of the test on specific groups; current English language learning opportunities for migrants; social cohesion; arbitrary exemptions and inclusions; types of tests and the notion of “competent”; and, the ethics of language testing. 

Australian Council Of TESOL Associations. Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee regarding The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 (Submission no. 292)

We encourage members to also read the other submissions, especially the many personal ones. The ramifications of this legislation go far beyond what we documented in our submission. Members should get up to speed on this issue.

ACTA's submission was quoted in this article in The New Daily: Reject English test, longer wait for citizenship, UN tells Senate (2 August 2017)

The Report of the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee was published on 5 September 2017

Media Release from the ACTA President regarding the English language test proposed for Australian Citizenship eligibility.

Australian Council Of TESOL Associations, Media Release, 27/06/2017
English Teachers Condemn English Test for Citizenship

Also, listen to the recording of an interview ACTA's Helen Moore did on this issue with Wendy Harmer on ABC RN 702 in Sydney:

Radio interview re proposed English language test, June 2017

May 2017 Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes

ACTA made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration’s inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes:

Australian Council Of TESOL Associations. Submission To The Joint Standing Committee On Migration, Inquiry Into Migrant Settlement Outcomes - May 2017 Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes (Submission no. 108)

Inquiry Terms of Reference:

The Joint Standing Committee on Migration shall inquire into and report on migrant settlement outcomes with reference to:

  • the mix, coordination and extent of settlement services available and the effectiveness of these services in promoting better settlement outcomes for migrants;
  • national and international best practice strategies for improving migrant settlement outcomes and prospects;
  • the importance of English language ability on a migrant’s, or prospective migrant’s, settlement outcome;
  • whether current migration processes adequately assess a prospective migrant’s settlement prospects; and
  • any other related matter.  

The Committee shall give particular consideration to social engagement of youth migrants, including involvement of youth migrants in anti-social behaviour such as gang activity, and the adequacy of the Migration Act 1958 character test provisions as a means to address issues arising from this behaviour.

The ACTA submission addresses all of the Terms of Reference, specifically focussing on

  • English language provision for all sectors: early childhood education and care, the school and adult sectors, with particular mention of provision for refugee youth with severely disrupted/minimal previouus education. 
  • examples of best practice
  • the importance of English language ability on prospective migrant outcomes
  • Social engagement of “youth migrants”. 

Also in the appendices are included exemplars of resources for EALD/D Assessment, best practice in curriculum and materials for EAL/D learners, and resources for teacher development to assist EAL/D learners.

This is a comprehensive submission with concrete evidence and information from the grass roots contributed by members of affiliated associations from across Australia. At around 200 pages, the ACTA submission is not exactly something to skim through. If you want just a taste, read the Conclusion, which is short. Depending on your concerns, you may find some sections more relevant than others. For those researching this area, it should be very useful.

We also commend the Inquiry website to you: inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes. There are some excellent submissions there (ACTA's is Submission 108 on page 6). The Hansard of hearings is also very interesting.  ACTA is also hoping to give evidence to this Inquiry, possibly in September 2017

VicTESOL Event 2013

September 2013 ACTA statement on National Plan for School Improvement

Media Statement from the ACTA President regarding the importance of accountability for EAL/D service provision in the new National Plan for School Improvement.

November 2012 ACTA Position Statement on Australian Indigenous Languages

'ACTA supports collaborations throughout Australia among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities and educators who work with them. These collaborations need to include how Australian Indigenous languages can best be used in different schools.

We affirm the essential link between resourcing the promotion of Australian Indigenous languages in school communities and improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students' educational outcomes.'

November 2012  ACTA Position Statement on Cocos Malay language

'ACTA actively supports the structured learning of the Cocos Malay language (the home language of the students) in the Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Island schools. ACTA also recommends the appointment of experienced and qualified Language, EALD and trained local teachers to these schools with a view to further developing the Cocos community's bilingual strengths.'

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