Students for whom English is an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) may come from diverse, multilingual backgrounds. EAL/D learners include Australian-born and overseas students whose first language is a language other than English. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students whose first language is an Indigenous language, including traditional languages, creoles and related varieties, or Aboriginal English.
These students are assisted by support personnel who implement appropriate strategies for language development of Standard Australian English. EAL/D teachers are provided to assist students and teachers with programming and direct support. Children who are newly arrived from other countries qualify for Federal funding to have intensive language teaching provided by a qualified teacher.