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Certificate III in Auslan

Jobtrainer Code: PSP30218

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Preston, Prahran


available full time / available part time


Certificate II in Auslan PSP20218 or equivalent

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Advance your Auslan skills

Build on the Auslan skills your learned in the Certificate II in Auslan PSP20218 and prepare for advanced Auslan courses. With only 67% of Deaf people able to access an interpreter when they need one, Auslan skills are in demand. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Auslan continues 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.

Learn to converse in personal and professional settings

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Auslan PSP30218 is a pre-vocational course aiming to further develop your Auslan skills. Completion of this qualification will allow you to converse in Auslan in personal and professional settings. You will understand and be able to use Deaf protocol and customs in your interactions. You will also develop an understanding of the linguistics of Auslan in contrast to English. 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.

Find employment within the Deaf community

When you graduate from this course, you might converse in routine Auslan in personal, learning, employment, social and community contexts. You might use your Auslan skills to improve job opportunities across administration, childcare, ICT services and occupational therapy work.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Graduates of this certificate will be able to converse in routine Auslan in personal, learning, employment, social and community contexts.
  • Sport/Recreation Officer
  • Disability Support Worker


Successful completion of this course will enable you to enrol in the Certificate IV in Auslan PSP40218, which will enable more fluid and challenging communication with Deaf people. You may also study for the Diploma of Interpreting (Auslan/English) PSP50916.

Course Details

Delivery methods

Regional programs delivered by zoom/video conferencing platform.

  • Blended learning

Class Schedule

All programs are available at both campuses (subject to numbers)

Full time: one semester, three days per week
Part time day: two semesters, one day per week
Part time evening (including Regional): two semesters, two evenings, four Saturdays.

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods will be conducted throughout this course including observation, testing, assignments and group work.

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 difference between Auslan and English structure Core 50
PSPLAN003 Source information on Deaf culture, and communicate according to Deaf protocol Core 100
PSPLAN004 Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (familiar subjects) Core 370
PSPLAN005 Analyse the structure of Auslan signs Core 80
PSPLAN006 Research the development of educational and social conditions for Australian Deaf communities Core 80

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $320 $320 $1600 $14400
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $570 $495 $1850 $14650
Per year $
Per semester $
Materials fee $

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.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

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 19 November 2020. 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.


Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

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

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

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

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

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

You will be required to have a suitable laptop or smartphone to enable you to video your assignments and upload them.


Successful completion of Certificate II in Auslan PSP20218 or equivalent.

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 TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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