Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)


Applications for PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting in 2020 will be opening soon.
If you are interested in being involved in the next Diploma of Interpreting please leave an Expression of Interest and we will contact you when more information is available.

The PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) is designed to provide formal accredited training in interpreting Auslan/English. This is a NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) Endorsed Qualification (EQ) which will develop your skills for interpreting in general dialogue settings, with the potential to interpret in general monologue settings. The Diploma prepares interpreters for work typically in the community and business domains which may include sectors such as community services, educational and social contexts, informal business and workplace contexts.

Upon successful completion of this EQ, a graduand/graduate may apply to sit a Provisional Certification Test directly with NAATI. 

For acceptance to PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English), students must successfully complete a mandatory screening.
Screening will be conducted in Parramatta 4th and 5th April 2019. Applicants must be available to attend one full day of the screening test. Sessions will commence at 10am and finish at 5pm on both days. Cost is $249 per person. (PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) for Deaf interpreters will be offered in 2020). 

Applications must be completed in full with the required evidence attached, signed, dated, and forwarded to studentsupport@deafsociety.com. Successful applications will be placed in classes in the order they are received. Partial or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
If your application is accepted, you will be required to pay an $80 administration fee before classes commence and must be available to complete online orientation training on a date to be announced mid-year.

Applications closing date TBA.

For the best chance of securing a position, we recommend you have the following documentation;

Proof of ID signed by a Justice of the Peace in the form of one of the following:
  • Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate
  • Australian or New Zealand Passport
  • Green Medicare card
  • Naturalisation Certificate
  • Humanitarian VISA
  • Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (Permanent Resident)
Proof of residency or employment signed by a Justice of the Peace in the form of one of the following: 
  • Current driver’s license 
  • Health Care card or Pension card
  • Proof of Age card
  • Letter or email form employer to show the street address where you are working
  • Utilities account relating to your address within the last 3 months of rental document
If relevant, proof of disability signed by a Justice of the Peace in the form of one of the following:
  • Disability Support Pension card
  • Letter form a medical practitioner
  • Letter from appropriate government agency
  • Letter from specialised allied health professional
You should have copies of any relevant transcripts signed by a Justice of the Peace and have your USI number ready, if you don't have a USI you can create one here.

Timetables are available above and are subject to change. Please review your preferred timetable to ensure you can commit to the dates offered.

The following locations and levels are being offered in 2020:
Certificate III Diploma of Auslan Diploma of Interpreting  
Canberra Sydney Sydney  
Newcastle Newcastle     
Sydney Parramatta    

Finally, before committing to one of our courses, please read the Student Handbook which outlines our policies, procedures and your responsibilities as a student.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at studentsupport@deafsociety.com or 1800 893 855.

Course Timetable 


BRIDGING COURSES - We are offering a Bridging Course in Parramatta, Canberra and Newcastle and will announce the details very soon. Please check back on Friday 24th January 2020.

Are there any upskilling opportunities to help me get ready for screening process? 

To assist students in preparing for the mandatory screening and potential acceptance to PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English), the Deaf Society will be offering a series of non-accredited sessions from Feb 2020. 
Cost for this program is TBA. Applications will be available for download shortly.

When will the preparatory sessions be held?
A mandatory online orientation will be held.
These sessions are supported by online learning participation and reading.

Who are these preparatory sessions for?
Anyone who wishes to apply for PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) in 2020. Classes will be geared towards a language level of Diploma of Auslan and include some assumed knowledge. Students who have completed a Diploma of Auslan prior to December 2019 (or not at all) will be required to undertake a language assessment before being considered for this series of preparatory workshops. This language assessment will ensure all students are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to participate in both the English and Auslan sessions without any disadvantage. Cost for this assessment is TBA. 

What will I learn in these preparatory sessions? 
To refresh, develop and build on existing Auslan language skills, with a focus on the general fundamentals of Auslan-English interpreting; including ethics, self-awareness, practical activities and knowledge of both languages. At the end of this course, students will be fortified by their self-awareness and have a better understanding and approach towards being prepared for the screening and commencement of PSP50916 Diploma of Interpreting course.

What if I missed the preparatory sessions but am still interested to enrol to the Diploma of Interpreting? 
It is recommended that anyone who has completed a Diploma of Auslan prior to June 2019 (or not at all) undertake a language assessment before attempting the screening weekend. The cost for this language assessment is TBA.