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 him or herself 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 a blended model of teaching with a combination of face to face and online learning, home study and community contact. Face to face sessions are timetabled in the Course Guide, however outside this time, students are expected to complete approximately 19 hours of online learning, home study and community contact per week.

Students will attend Auslan Only Weekends and other events aimed at Certificate IV 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 IV in Auslan or equivalent wanting to continue their Auslan study.


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

Face to Face Classroom  & Online Study


Converse in Auslan at a proficient user level

Face to Face Classroom 


Analyse the semantics and sociolinguistics of Auslan

Face to Face Classroom  & Online Study


Research the role of an Auslan interpreter

Online Study





See below course guide.


2019 Course Guide


NSW - From $1,130 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.  

ACT - From $2,550 Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Governments. 



Please note, enrolment applications must be completed in full with the required evidence attached, signed, dated, and forwarded to studentsupport@deafsociety.com. See below ‘Enrolment Documentation’ for more information.
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, the $80 administration fee will be deducted on and you must be available to complete online orientation training day end of July 2020. Exact date to be announced.

Applications close on Friday, 10 July 2020 at 5pm.


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

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 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 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.

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.


If you are a current student of the Deaf Society, you will receive an invitation to enrol on Tuesday, 9th June 2020.

If you are a past student of the Deaf Society or interested in transferring to a Deaf Society course, please email studentsupport@deafsociety.com for an enrolment form and include location that you are interested in attending.