Community languages schools help students learn and use their community language. They are also open to any student who wants to learn a new language.

The NSW Federation of Community Language Schools represents approximately 250 schools with over 460 locations state wide.

The NSW Department of Education and Communities provides funding to eligible community languages schools through the NSW Community Languages Schools Program.

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Steps to Setting Up a School

Follow these steps outlined by the Department of Education to set up a community language school:

  • Set up your organisation
  • Find a venue
  • Find teachers
  • Enrol your students

  • Prepare teaching materials

See also Use of government school facilities

For continuous improvement of the community language school services the Federation recommends you to adopt the Quality Assurance Framework.

Quality Assurance

The Quality Assurance Framework is an evaluative tool for supporting quality teaching and learning in community languages schools.

It provides teachers, administrators, parents and other school community members with a practical tool for assessing the extent to which the various elements of quality community language schooling are consistently and observably practised and developing action plans for improvement, where appropriate.

The Quality Assurance Framework is not intended as a means of assessing an individual or their performance. Rather it is designed as a way of improving and enhancing the teaching of community languages in a school.

Using the Framework can also demonstrate to a local school community that a quality approach is currently being adopted by the school.


All schools benefit by becoming members.

The Federation unites all community language schools, giving them more power.
It lobbies on their behalf and works towards achieving the best possible outcomes for teachers and students.
The Per Capita Grant Funding increase was achieved due to the Federation’s successful lobbying over the years.

Membership fees vary and are determined by the total number of students in a school starting from $25 per year.

According to the Constitution, the Federation’s Board, at each monthly meeting, will examine each new school’s application in order to accept it as a member.

We encourage schools to pay at the beginning of each year, as membership and insurance renewal date is 4PM, 1st of March of each year.

Please note that even if you pay later in the year, you still have to pay the whole amount and your school will only be covered until 1st of March of the following year.

Liability and Volunteer’s Insurance

The Federation offers Public Liability Insurance cover at a very competitive, low cost.
Limit of Indemnity is $20,000,000. It covers schools for possible negligence, resulting in injury to students and public.

The NSW Federation of Community Language Schools has managed to achieve a deal with the Insurance brokers in which all Volunteers are covered under the same Insurance Policy.

In the event of an accident, our office should be notified within 7 days on


The cover is for normal school activities including excursions or fund-raising functions.
Extreme sports and activities are not covered.
If your school is planning an excursion or a function, you should notify us in writing a week prior to the event and we will advise you accordingly.

The Volunteers’ Insurance Policy is offered to teachers and parents who provide services to your school as volunteers.
If an accident occurs while volunteering, the Volunteers Insurance pays up to $500.00 subject to Volunteers’ Insurance conditions.

Please notify our office if the contact person or the contact details of your school/organisation change.

For teachers receiving salary, the schools must take Workers Compensation cover.

Resources & Useful Links

More information?

Contact the Education Officer

Alex Di Prinzio

(02) 9558 6134

0423 871 110

Contact the NSWFCLS office

12A Seaview Street
Dulwich Hill NSW 2203
(opposite Dulwich Hill High School)

(02) 9558 6134

(02) 9558 6176

Learn. Unite. Be Heard.

NSW Federation of
Community Language Schools