2 years full time / 4 years part time
January, February, July
Please note: There is an 18-week Full Time Pathway Program for students who have completed Certificate IV in Auslan PSP40818.
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.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Auslan PSP51018 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 of 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 Expression Australia which will give your real-world experience that will increase your employability before you even graduate.
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Auslan PSP51018 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.
Enrolment in the Diploma of Auslan PSP51018 may be covered by free TAFE, a Victorian government initiative that covers tuition for eligible students. Enrolling in the Diploma of Auslan PSP51018 is recommended If your intention is to gain qualification up to Diploma level. If your intention is not to complete up to the Diploma level, then consider enrolling in a certificate. To check your eligibility, please see Free TAFE Eligibility.
We are excited to let you know that 2024 will see the establishment of the Deaf Centre of Excellence at the Melbourne Polytechnic Collingwood Campus. We are expecting the completion of the Centre in early 2024. By Semester 2 2024, all classes are expected be located at our purpose-built space. We look forward to meeting you there in July!
Successful completion of the Diploma of Auslan PSP51018 prepares students for:
We encourage students to use their Auslan skills in further studies such as:
Successful completion of the Diploma of Auslan PSP51018 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 PSP51018 transition to the Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE - English) PSP50916.
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.
Pathway Program for students who have completed Certificate IV in Auslan PSP40818.
Direct Entry Program
Pathway Program for students who have completed Certificate IV in Auslan PSP40818.
Direct Entry ProgramCollingwood Campus
Term Dates 2024Day Classes:
A range of assessment methods will be employed throughout this course, including observation, written assessment, and project/folio.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.
|Converse in Auslan at a basic user level
|Compare the fundamental differences between Auslan and English structure
|Source information on Deaf culture, and communicate according to Deaf protocol
|Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (familiar subjects)
|Analyse the structure of Auslan signs
|Research the development of educational and social conditions for Australian Deaf communities
|Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (abstract and concrete notions)
|Compare the structure of sentences in Auslan and English
|Compare other sign languages to Auslan
|Communicate with deafblind people
|Take notes for Deaf, hard of hearing and Deafblind people
|Converse in Auslan at a proficient user level
|Analyse the semantics and sociolinguistics of Auslan
|Convey information between Auslan and English
|Research the role of an Auslan interpreter
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|Government subsidised fee
|Maximum annual amenities
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.
The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.
Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.
Free TAFE places are limited. Please call 1300 635 276 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.
Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.
The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.
The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment.
The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.
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:
Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.
Pathway program: Successful completion of Certificate IV in Auslan PSP40818 or equivalent.
Two-year full-time program or Four-year part-time program: There are no formal requirements but attendance at an Information Session is highly recommended. A mandatory interview will be scheduled as a part of the application process. You will be offered a place after a successful interview outcome.
ACSF Woking Level 4 for Reading and ACSF Woking Level 3 for Numeracy.Academic IELTS 5.5 in writing and reading (exemption from overall, listening and speaking)
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.
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 1300 635 276
Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.
Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.