Applied Linguistics Association of Australia

ALAA provides leadership in applied linguistics and supports the development of teaching, learning and research in the field.

Strategic Plan 2019-2021

Goal: To strengthen the community, profile and impact of Applied Linguistics in Australia, by leading and participating in policy debate and advocacy, advancing and supporting the needs and interests of members, and strengthening national and international relationships with other key organizations and stakeholders.
This goal will be achieved through following objectives:

Leadership and engagement

  • Provide expert opinion and advocacy on language-related issues and initiatives at national and international levels
  • Promote ALAA’s mission and activities with relevant stakeholders, including government, tertiary and schooling sectors, associations and community groups 
  • Strengthen strategic partnerships and profile nationally and internationally
  • Strengthen involvement of distinguished scholar members of ALAA


  • Strengthen the profile, relevance and impact of ARAL as the preeminent journal of applied linguistics in Australia
  • Promote shared areas of interest and research in applied linguistics
  • Promote high quality research of members through ARAL and ALAA’s annual conference and professional learning program
  • Monitor and be proactive in addressing changes in academic publishing 


Professional learning

  • Provide professional learning through the annual conference and workshops/webinars
  • Provide mentoring and support to research higher degree students
  • Promote high caliber professional learning including the AILA Conference

Awards and scholarships 

  • Recognise outstanding and distinguished scholarship and service in Applied Linguistics 
  • Increase involvement of current and alumni research higher degree members 
  • Continue to support outstanding work in Applied Linguistics through various ALAA awards and scholarships
Communication and information
  • Provide up-to-date information to members about developments in the field and about the work of the Association in supporting members
  • Manage a dynamic website for regular communication and interaction with members
  • Manage membership records, monitor and further increase membership

Governance and administration

  • Manage ALAA finances through regular planning, monitoring and transparent reporting of financial position to members
  • Develop and maintain comprehensive and accessible documentation and archive
  • Continue to review and update the Constitution and Working rules as needed
  • Manage processes for effective transition/hand-over of ALAA Executive

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