Diploma of Auslan



PSP51018 Diploma of 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 fluently and spontaneously across a wide range of subjects. 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 a wide range of demanding, long texts, and recognise implicit meaning
  • express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions
  • use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes
  • produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


Classes are offered in 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 rather than face to face classes. 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. Included in this 20 hours is a weekly pre-recorded lecture that must be watched prior to the week's classes whether face to face or online.

Students will attend the Auslan Only Weekend and other events aimed at Diploma level. These events will be attended by members of the Deaf community and you will be required to turn “off” your voice. Note that if you choose the online option, you will be expected to attend the Auslan Only Weekend face to face.


This course is suitable for any student who has completed Certificate IV 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 PSP51018 Diploma of Auslan as units of competency – there are a total of four units you will need to complete in order to attain your Certificate.



Delivery Mode


Compare other sign languages to Auslan

Option 1: Face to face classes and online study

Option 2: Live Zoom classes and online study


Converse in Auslan at a proficient user level

Option 1: Face to face classes

Option 2: Live Zoom classes


Analyse the semantics and sociolinguistics of Auslan

Option 1: Face to face classes and online study

Option 2: Live Zoom classes and online study


Research the role of an Auslan interpreter

Online Study




Monday/Wednesday 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Saturday 10.00am- 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4.00pm


Sydney CBD: Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Parramatta: Monday/Wednesday 6.00pm - 8.30pm


See below course guide.



18 weeks.


Course Guide


NSW - From $1,120 This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. To check your eligibility, visit the Smart and Skilled Page. Depending on your previous qualifications and personal circumstances your fee may be different to the fee shown above.  



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 an 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.



Monday/Wednesday 6.00pm - 8.30pm


Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4.00pm



Sydney CBD: Saturday 10.00am - 12.30pm + 1.30pm - 4.00pm


Parramatta: Monday/Wednesday 6.00pm - 8.30pm


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.