Chief investigators at the University of Melbourne

Dr Deborah Loakes, Professor Janet Fletcher, Professor John Hajek


ARC LIEF grant (current)

Lead institution

University of Western Sydney

Other institutions

Universities of Canberra, Western Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmania, the Australian National University, Flinders University, and Macquarie University

Other partners

Max Planck Institute and the Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association


The aim of AusTalk is to create a large corpus of audio-visual speech which will support speech science research and development with Australian English and facilitate the development of Australian speech science in phonetics and psycholinguistics, and speech technology applications - from telephony-based spoken dialogue systems and talking heads to hearing prostheses and aids for learning-impaired children to a range of security and forensic applications.