Bininj Kunwok’ is the name given to a family of Australian Indigenous languages spoken by around 2000 people in West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The name comes from bininj meaning ‘people’ and kunwok meaning ‘language’. Kunwinjku is most common of the Bininj languages, and is the focus of this course.

Charles Darwin University in conjunction with the Bininj Kunwok Regional Language Centre, are pleased to offer this online course teaching the language and culture of the Bininj people.

In 2020, the unit will be offered in second semester, under the unit code IAS161 (undergraduate) or IAS549 (postgraduate)

Semester dates are 20 July to 16 October 2020.

The course will be delivered fully online.

There are no set class times, though some opportunities for engagement with Bininj language authorities will be arranged at certain times. Topics are released week by week.

NOTE: This is the same beginners course that was delivered in 2019 for the first time, with a few minor improvements. No prior language knowledge is required.

You can enrol in this course as part of a Diploma or Bachelor of Arts (undergraduate), or a Graduate Certificate or Master of Arts (postgraduate). These flexible programs offer a wide range of units across a range of disciplines, including Indigenous knowledges, creative arts, humanities and social sciences within CDU’s College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society.

Bininj Kunwok is one of three Indigenous languages taught at CDU – more than any other university in Australia.

CDU has a useful page explaining the enrolment process at

Students from other universities can enrol through cross-institutional arrangements – see this page for details.

Arrangements for non-enrolled students have not been confirmed. The university will negotiate with the language centre about offering the course to people working on country at a reduced rate.

For further information:

Information about micro-credentialling