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Innovative AUSLAN training program for Bendigo learners

28 Sep 2015

An innovative training program will for the first time allow people in the Bendigo region to learn Auslan, or Australian Sign Language, via flexible distance learning.

Starting on Monday 12 October, Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) is delivering the Certificate II in Auslan, which equips graduates to communicate using Auslan and provides a pathway to further study to become a qualified interpreter or a teacher of the Deaf.

“The Deaf community in regional areas such as the greater Bendigo area lack the sort of support that is available to people in the metropolitan areas,” says Cathy Clark, Centre Manager of deadConnectED and Contract Director for the Victorian Auslan Training Consortium.

“This Auslan training means people in regional communities can get the training they need to improve their ability to service members of the Deaf community, and also help Deaf people fulfil their responsibilities within the broader community.”

Auslan is the language of the deaf community in Australia, and is used by Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, their friends, immediate and extended family, co-workers and professionals such as Auslan interpreters. It is a visual, spatial language with its own grammar and syntax quite distinct from English.

Auslan is the primary language used by Australia’s deaf community and contributes to the quality of life of thousands of Australians, giving them access to rights and responsibilities that hearing Australians may take for granted.

From Monday 12 October in Bendigo, the Certificate II in Auslan will be delivered via a combination of two-hour videoconferencing classes at Bendigo TAFE every Monday and Wednesday evening, and home study using Moodle, an online learning management system.

“The flexible delivery means students receive the critical face-to-face signing training in real-time, with a professional Auslan teacher who is also a member of the Deaf community,” says Ms Clark. “At the same time, it enables students to do the training within their own community, without having to travel for hours to access equivalent classroom training.”

“This training will benefit so many in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. It provides a pathway to a range of fulfilling careers such as Auslan interpreting, which is an essential service that supports the inclusion of Deaf people into society.”

To find out more about the training or enrol in the Certificate II in Auslan in Bendigo, please call Neil Ray, Sue Izard or Ben Souter in our Auslan team on 03 9269 1713 or
03 9269 1724. Please ask to speak to or email ua.ud1561451583e.cin1561451583hcety1561451583lopen1561451583ruobl1561451583em@ya1561451583RlieN1561451583.

Course details:

  • Start date:  Monday 12 October
  • Runs for:  Twelve months
  • Videoconferencing sessions run Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, at Bendigo TAFE, Charleston Road Campus, 62–104 Charleston Road, Bendigo

deafConnectED champions and coordinates the Auslan program for Melbourne Polytechnic and is part of the Victorian Auslan Training Consortium (VATC). The consortium formed in response to Victorians who successfully advocated for the continuation of Auslan training.

It includes Melbourne Polytechnic, deafConnectED, VicDeaf and LaTrobe University. VATC’s mission is to increase Auslan fluency in Victoria, and support the educational, social and economic inclusion of Victorians who use Auslan as their primary language.


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1561451583e.cin1561451583hcety1561451583lopen1561451583ruobl1561451583em@sn1561451583oitac1561451583inumm1561451583oC1561451583

Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.