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CLV Membership


Community Languages Schools (CLS) known as after-hours ethnic schools play an important role in maintaining mother tongue or heritage language to Victorian students, complementing the offerings of mainstream school and the Victorian School of Languages. Communiy Languages Schools are not-for-profit, and conducted by community organisations outside regular school hours, and teach languages at the primary and/or secondary level for a minimum of 2.5 hours a week.

Community Languages Schools have existed in Australia since 1857 when German settlers established the first one in Klemzig, South Australia. A Hebrew part-time school was established in Melbourne in 1898.

Language teaching in Community Languages Schools is now very extensive, with over 200 communiy schools teaching more than 50 languages to over 40,000 students Victorian students.


How to become a CLV member?

To become a CLV member, you will need to complete the membership form and email it to
The annual membership subscription is $30



All community languages schools seeking government support undertake an accreditation process managed by the Department of Education and Training.

Community Languages schools need to meet quaity standards in the following areas:
  • School adminstrative structures
  • School charter and codes of conduct
  • Discipline policies and practices
  • Child safe standards


Financial Support

The Department will provide per capita funding for each eligible student enrolled in, and regularly attending, the community language school.
The current per capita rate is $245, with $7.00 withheld and passed onto CLV for group public liability insurance.

Please refer to CLS Accreditation Site for more information.


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