Emeritus Professor Colin Nettelbeck is former Head of the University of Melbourne School of Languages (2000-2004). He has extensive experience in the development of languages policy within the university and beyond. He has regularly participated in reviews and benchmarking of languages programs in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the US. He brings to the project expert, detailed and current knowledge of the teaching and learning of languages in Australian universities and long experience of working with colleagues across the nation. A fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and a member of its Languages Committee. Professor Nettelbeck was leading Chief Investigator for two ARC-funded Learned Academies Special Project (LASP) studies of beginners’ languages in Australian universities: Beginners’ LOTE (Languages Other than English) in Australian Universities: An Audit Survey and Analysis (2007); An Analysis of Retention Strategies and Technology Enhanced Learning in Beginners’ Languages Other than English (LOTE) at Australian Universities (2009). The momentum generated by these reports led to the colloquium of which Professor Nettelbeck was co-convenor with Professor Lo Bianco: ‘Beyond the Crisis: Revitalising Languages in Australian Universities: Colloquium for Tertiary Languages Teachers, Researchers and Planners’ , 16-18 February 2009. The ideas argued and debated at that colloquium are at the heart of the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities.