Certificate III in Auslan



PSP30218 - Certificate III in Auslan forms part of the new PSP51018 Diploma of Auslan Training Package (released in 2018). The new training package is nationally recognised and the qualifications teach the language of the Australian Deaf Community, Auslan (Australian Sign Language). These certificates also include units on the unique culture, history and values of the Deaf Community.

This qualification provides signing skills to communicate in Auslan with some confidence on familiar, routine and some non-routine matters. Communication may take place in any situation including personal, public, social, employment and educational domains.

The course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills required to:

  • understand the main points when clear, standard language (which for sign language users may be a locally used variation) is used and the topics are familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

  • deal with most situations likely to arise where the sign language is used

  • produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest

  • describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


Classes are offered in a either a blended model or an online model of teaching. The only difference between the two is that the language units which equate to 5 hours per week are delivered online in live Zoom sessions. In both models, courses have a combination of live classes, online learning, home study and community contact requirements. Face to face and live online sessions are timetabled in the Course Guide, however outside this time, students are expected to complete approximately 20 hours of online learning, home study and community contact per week.

Students will attend Auslan Only Weekends and other events aimed at Certificate III level. These events will be attended by members of the Deaf community and you will be required to turn “off” your voice.


This course is suitable for any student who has completed Certificate II in Auslan or equivalent wanting to continue their Auslan study.


All our face to face classes are held in venues with COVID safe plans. We will keep you safe by ensuring you are seated 1.5 meters apart from other students. No pens or other materials are to be shared. You will be asked to sign in and your temperature will be taken.


The Deaf Society will deliver PSP30218 Certificate III in Auslan as units of competency – there are a total of three units you will need to complete in order to attain your Certificate.



Delivery Mode


Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (familiar)

Option 1: Face-to-face classes. 

Option 2: Live online Zoom classes


Analyse the structure of Auslan signs


Option 1: Face-to-face classes & online study. 

Option 2: Live online Zoom classes & online study


Research the development of educational and social conditions of Australian Deaf Communities


Online Study 



Tuesday/Thursday 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm
Monday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm


Sydney CBD: Tuesday/Thursday 6.00pm - 8.30pm 
Parramatta: Monday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm
Parramatta: Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm
Adelaide: Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm
Canberra: Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm
Newcastle: Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm


See below for course guide.


18 weeks.


Course Guide


NSW - $150. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. To check your eligibility, visit the Smart and Skilled Page.

ACT - From $600.00. Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Governments.

SA - From $300. Eligibility criteria apply. Visit www.skills.sa.gov.au for eligibility criteria.

Supported through WorkReady by the Government of South Australia.  



Please note, enrolment applications must be completed online (see below), 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 must be available to complete online orientation training activities from 20 - 22 July 2020. All students must complete their orientation during this time.

Enrolments for this course in 2020 have now closed. The next course will be available in Semester 2, 2021. 


The documents you provide must be a copy of the original which has been sighted and signed by an Approved Witness within the last 3 months. For a list of approved witnesses see here.

Proof of ID signed by an Approved Witness 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 an Approved Witness 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 an Approved Witness in the form of one of the following:
  • Disability Support Pension card
  • Letter form a medical practitioner
  • Letter from appropriate government agency
  • Letter from TAFE NSW Teacher/Consultant for students with a disability
  • Letter from special education coordinator
  • Letter from specialised allied health professional

You should have copies of any relevant documents signed by an Approved Witness and have your USI number ready. If you don't have a USI you can create one here.

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.



Tuesday/Thursday 6.00pm - 8.30pm


Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm


Monday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm



Sydney CBD: Tuesday/Thursday 6.00pm - 8.30pm 


Parramatta: Monday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm


Parramatta: Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm


Adelaide: Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm


Canberra: Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm


Newcastle: Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4pm


If you are a past student of the Deaf Society or interested in transferring to a Deaf Society course, please enrol online. Contact info@deafsociety.com if you require further information.