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Certificate III in Auslan

Code: PSP30218

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18 weeks full time / available part time

Next Intake

January, February, July

Next Intake

January, February

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.

Our Certificate III in Auslan PSP30218 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 could converse in routine Auslan in personal, learning, employment, social and community contexts. You could use your Auslan skills to improve job opportunities across administration, childcare, ICT services and occupational therapy work.

Auslan is moving to the Collingwood Campus

We are excited to let you know that 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 seeing you there!

Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Auslan PSP30218 take me?

Graduates of this certificate will be able to converse in routine Auslan in personal, learning, employment, social and community contexts.

Study Pathways

You will enter this course after successfully completing the Certificate II in Auslan PSP20218.

Successful completion of this course will enable you to enrol in the Certificate IV in Auslan PSP40818, which will enable more fluid and challenging communication with Deaf people.

I had some incredible teachers throughout my diploma. They were all fantastic in their own right. I take a little bit of each teacher with me.
Thomas Bradford
Diploma of Auslan and Overall Outstanding VET Student of the Year 2023
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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

Collingwood Campus

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


  • Part time evening: Two evenings a week, 42 weeks. Tuesday and Thursday. 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. plus online conversation class and six on-campus face-to-face Saturday workshops

Term Dates 2024 Day Classes:

  • 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
Evening Classes:
  • Term 3 2024 15 July to 27 September
  • Term 4 2024 07 October to 13 December
  • Term 1 2025 27 January 11 April
  • Term 2 2025 22 April to 27 June
Saturday workshops for evening classes:
  • Term 3 10 August
  • Term 4 12 October and 30 November

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods will be conducted 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 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

Attend an Information Session

Our information sessions will give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and answer your questions about your course.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $368 $1840 $16400
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $543 $2090 $16650
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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 a camera and an internet connection to film your assignments and upload them.


  • Successful completion of Certificate II in Auslan PSP20218 or equivalent.
  • ACSF Woking Level 4 for Reading and ACSF Working Level 2 for Numeracy.
  • For new students and students who had a break in training, attendance at an information session is highly recommended. A mandatory interview will be scheduled as part of the application process. 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.

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

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