Stewart Garae
Stewart Garae


Welcome to the new website of the Language Services Department (LSD)! This website is the first ever approach to presenting the Department and its functions. Enjoy your reading and contact us if you have questions or comments. Tangkyu tumas, Best. Stewart


Learn more about the Language Services Department

The Language Services Department

The role of the Language Services Department in the Government services delivery is to ensure all pieces of information and documents that the Government is providing to its people are in the three official languages, namely Bislama, English and French.

In the past years, since its establishment, the LSD has focused mainly on translation, which has become the core function of the Department. Besides, quite a number of terminology was gathered, and few interpretation and language awareness services were provided. However, these latest services have drastically decreased over the years.

Consequently, since the Department is to provide “language services” to the nation, it has amended its organizational structure, approved in 2018, to improve its traditional services (translation, and little interpretation and language awareness), as well as to cater for more language services such as revision, electronic terminology bank and Language Council coordination.

Moreover, a Bill of a National Language Act, which will legislate all language affairs of the Republic of Vanuatu, is now being drafted by the Office of the Attorney General for the first time in the history of the country.

If you have any questions regarding our policies or on any other topic than language-related please contact us.

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In Vanuatu, language is the first identity of an individual.

With over one hundred vernacular languages spoken by over three hundred thousand people in an archipelago of eighty three islands, Vanuatu is unique in its linguistic diversity. These local languages are part of the national heritage, as per Article 3(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Vanuatu. In addition, the three (3) official languages stipulated in Article 3(1) of the Constitution are; Bislama, English and French languages.

Language services delivery are increasing in the education and training sector, cultural sector, Government services, media and enforcement of language provisions. Therefore, the National Language Policy is established to guide the government and relevant stakeholders to better manage the delivery of language services. 

The National Language is Bislama, and the official languages are English, French and Bislama. But the languages of education in Vanuatu are English and French.