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Certificate II in Auslan

Code: PSP20218

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18 weeks full time

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January, February

An introduction to Auslan

Auslan is Australian sign language, a language developed for and by Australians who are Deaf or hard of hearing. With hearing loss on the rise in the Australian population, the demand for Auslan skills is on the rise, both professionally and socially. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Auslan is the beginning of the only accredited pathway to learn Auslan in Victoria. This course is a prerequisite to Auslan interpreter training, but is also appropriate for friends, colleagues and family members of Deaf and hard of hearing people who would like to increase their accessibility and communication abilities.

Make connections within the Deaf community

This course serves as your introduction to Auslan. You will learn basic signs and simple ways to communicate. You will also learn about the history and culture of the Australian Deaf community and its context within international Deaf communities. Melbourne Polytechnic has a long history within the disability sector, and as Victoria’s sole provider of this accredited pathway to learning Auslan, you will have opportunities to participate in Deaf community-based activities and events with our industry partners.

Use your skills in real life

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate II in Auslan PSP20218 is the start of your Auslan education. At the completion of this qualification, you may use your skills in recreation, sports, or with very simple social conversation. To gain employment within the services sector, you can move into the Certificate III in Auslan PSP30218, and advance your skills.

Auslan is moving to the Collingwood Campus

We are excited to let you know all on-campus face-to-face classes will be located at our Melbourne Polytechnic Collingwood Campus by July 2024. This is a dedicated, state-of-the-art Auslan space, based on DeafSpace principles pioneered by Gallaudet University in the USA. It provides a rich sensory experience around the unique needs of Deaf people and includes architectural design elements that optimise the teaching and learning of Auslan. We look forward to see you there.

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate II in Auslan PSP20218 take me?

This is an introductory course for Auslan and will provide basic communicative skills to converse with deaf people. To gain employment within the services sector, you can move into the Certificate III in Auslan PSP30218, and advance your skills.

Study Pathways

Successful completion of this course will enable you to enrol in Certificate III in Auslan PSP30218.

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Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus / Virtual classroom

A blend of both face-to-face and virtual learning with scheduled classes taking place on-campus and in virtual classrooms. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Class Schedule Semester 2 2024

  • Full time: Four days a week for 18 weeks. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 9:30 am to 2:45 p.m.

Term Dates 2024

  • Term 1 05 February to 28 March
  • Term 2 15 April to 21 June
  • Term 3 15 July to 20 September
  • Term 4 07 October to 29 November

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods will be employed throughout this course, including observation, written assessment, and project/folio.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
PSPLAN001 Converse in Auslan at a basic user level Core 370
PSPLAN002 Compare the fundamental differences between Auslan and English structure Core 50
PSPLAN003 Source information on Deaf culture, and communicate according to Deaf protocol Core 100
I found the Auslan course at Melbourne Polytechnic a great fit. I had a really, really great class and a lot of amazing students.
Blake Breeland-Clencie
Diploma of Auslan Graduate and Outstanding Foundation Student of the Year 2021
A man wearing glasses and a black shirt smiles to the camera

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $184 $920 $8200
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $359 $1170 $8450
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1st of November. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

You will be required to have a suitable laptop or personal device with camera and an internet connection to film your assignments and upload them.


There are no formal requirements but attendance at an Information Session is highly recommended. A mandatory interview will be scheduled. You will be offered a place after a successful interview outcome.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

Please note that attendance at an Information Session is mandatory for all new students. An interview will be scheduled after you attend an Information Session.

Continuing students will be notified when enrolments open for this course.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about Tuition Payment Plans here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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