Course Details – Diploma of Auslan



PSP51018 Diploma of Auslan 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.

Choose from either our online, live course options, or as face-to-face study in a classroom environment. 

Option 1: Face-to-face classes & online study
Option 2: Live online Zoom classes & online study

Face to face and live online sessions are timetabled in the Course Guide (see below), 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 an Auslan Only Weekend (AOW) which will be attended by members of the Deaf Community. Please note that if you choose the online study option, you will be expected to attend the AOW 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. 

From 1 January 2019, a new Auslan training package came into effect. This means that the accredited Auslan courses completed pre-1 January 2019 are no longer current and students that are continuing study must complete a recognised prior learning (RPL) process.


In order to qualify for RPL and to enrol to PSP40818 Certificate IV in Auslan, students must supply completed transcripts for 22077VIC Certificate III and 22075VIC Certificate II in Auslan. The RPL process consists of an additional 2 assessment tasks to meet criteria not assessed as part of the expired qualifications. If the prior qualification was acquired in 2017 or earlier, the applicant will need to complete an Auslan assessment to determine current competency in Auslan. Following this, the applicant will be advised of the appropriate qualification entry point.


For more information on the implementation requirements for RTOs please see the ‘Companion Implementation Guide’ at:

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.

CodeNameDelivery Mode
PSPLAN009Compare other sign languages to Auslan
Option 1: Face to face classes and online study

Option 2: Live Zoom classes and online study
PSPLAN012Converse in Auslan at a proficient user level
Option 1: Face to face classes

Option 2: Live Zoom classes
PSPLAN013Analyse the semantics and sociolinguistics of AuslanOption 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

This course is 28 weeks long.

For detailed information about this course, you can access the Course Guide here.

The Student Handbook contains information about ATE’s obligations towards our students, information about students’ rights and obligations towards ATE, as well as links to the relevant policies. 
Students should read the Student Handbook prior to enrolling into an accredited course. You can access the Student Handbook here.

New South Wales

From $1,120.00.

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.

Enrolment applications must be completed in full with the required evidence attached, signed, dated, and forwarded to

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 the online orientation. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 1800 893 855. 

For NSW and ACT students, please note: 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 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 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 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

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.

We want to ensure everyone continues to stay COVID safe while studying Auslan in our face-to-face classes. Click on the guide to stay COVID safe:

Upcoming Courses

When courses are open, links will appear below. Next enrolments will be for July 2022 intake.