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Diploma of Auslan

Code: PSP51018 Cricos: 0100567
Our courses are being delivered remotely
Melbourne Polytechnic is recognised as an essential service and continues to operate. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the way our courses are delivered will look a little different for the foreseeable period.

Most of our courses are being taught remotely with an interactive and supportive learning environment, including assessments wherever possible.

Limited activity or training which cannot be delivered entirely remotely will be delivered on campus, with strict health and safety measures in place.



Preston, Prahran


Preston, Prahran


2 years full time


2 years full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake


Take the next step towards becoming an interpreter

Take your Auslan skills to the top with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Auslan PSP51018. This accredited diploma will bring your Auslan skills together to help you communicate at an advanced and professional level with Deaf and hard of hearing people. Employment opportunities using Auslan are increasing and are necessary across a broad range of industries, from the disability sector to entertainment.

Apply your skills in real life

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Auslan is an advanced language course, combining all of the skills you’ve learned throughout our unique Auslan pathway. As you advance your skills, you’ll develop further skills and understanding social and educational conditions for the Australian Deaf community. 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. This will include an Immersion Program with Expressions Australia which will give your real-world experience that will increase your employability before you even graduate.

Take your Auslan skills to many industries

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Auslan is accredited to enable you to work in educational institutions, government, performing arts and a wide range of other situations involving the Deaf community. You could also move into further study and enter specialised sectors, including aged care, early intervention, DeafBlind support, employment consultancy or counselling.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Successful completion of the Diploma prepares students for:

  • Disability Support work
  • Communication Guiding
  • School integration aid
  • Customer service at Deaf organisations

We encourage students to use their Auslan skills in further studies such as:

  • Interpreting and translation
  • Social work
  • Allied health
  • Education
  • Counsellor
  • NDIS Support Coordination/Support Worker
  • Aged Carer


Successful completion of the Diploma allows you to take your studies of Auslan further in interpreting, or learning international sign languages. Many students upon completion of the Diploma of Auslan transition to the Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE) PSP50916.

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Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Blended
  • Face-to-face

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods will be employed throughout this course, including observation, role plays, digitally recorded presentations and written assignments

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
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
PSPLAN007 Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (abstract and concrete notions) Core 370
PSPLAN008 Compare the structure of sentences in Auslan and English Core 60
PSPLAN009 Compare other sign languages to Auslan Core 50
PSPLAN010 Communicate with deafblind people Core 60
PSPLAN011 Take notes for Deaf, hard of hearing and Deafblind people Core 50
PSPLAN012 Converse in Auslan at a proficient user level Core 380
PSPLAN013 Analyse the semantics and sociolinguistics of Auslan Core 60
PSPLAN014 Convey information between Auslan and English Core 50
PSPLAN015 Research the role of an Auslan interpreter Core 50

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
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $ 2900 $27050
Maximum annual amenities $ 250 $250
Total payable $ 3150 $27300
Per year $15000
Per semester $7500

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 1 November 2019. 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

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

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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.
You will be required to have a suitable laptop or smartphone to enable you to video your assignments and upload them. Additionally the purchase of “An Introduction to Sign Language linguistics” by Trevor Johnston and Adam Schembri (Cambridge University Press) is strongly recommended.

Scholarships on offer

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Successful completion of Certificate IV of Auslan PSP40818 or equivalent. Academic IELTS 5.5 in writing and reading (exemption from overall, listening and speaking)
Other: Applicants are required to be at least 18 years old

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.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 3 9269 8400

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