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Diploma of

Code: PSP51018 Cricos: 0100567



Preston, Prahran


Preston, Prahran


2 years full time


2 years full time

Next Intake

February, July

Next Intake

February, July

Take the next step towards becoming an interpreter

Take your Auslan skills to the top with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Auslan. 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, and puts you on the path to a career as an interpreter. Employment opportunities in Auslan interpretation and accessibility requirements are increasingly 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 in interpretation 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 two weeks of work experience, with an organisation for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. The work experience will give your real-world experience that will increase your employability before you even graduate.

Take your interpreting skills to many industries

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Auslan is accredited to enable you to work as an Auslan interpreter 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
  • Aged Carer
  • Counsellor
  • DeafBlind Support Worker


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 at RMIT university.

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

How you learn

  • Blended
  • Face-to-face
  • Classroom

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
PSPLAN004 Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (familiar subjects) Core 370
PSPLAN010 Communicate with deafblind people Core 60
PSPLAN006 Research the development of educational and social conditions for Australian Deaf communities Core 80
PSPLAN003 Source information on Deaf culture, and communicate according to Deaf protocol Core 100
PSPLAN001 Converse in Auslan at a basic user level Core 370
PSPLAN008 Compare the structure of sentences in Auslan and English Core 60
PSPLAN012 Converse in Auslan at a proficient user level Core 380
PSPLAN015 Research the role of an Auslan interpreter Core 50
PSPLAN009 Compare other sign languages to Auslan Core 50
PSPLAN011 Take notes for Deaf, hard of hearing and Deafblind people Core 50
PSPLAN002 Compare the fundamental differences between Auslan and English structure Core 50
PSPLAN014 Convey information between Auslan and English Core 50
PSPLAN005 Analyse the structure of Auslan signs Core 80
PSPLAN013 Analyse the semantics and sociolinguistics of Auslan Core 60
PSPLAN007 Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (abstract and concrete notions) Core 370

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.

Fees & Costs

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.

Tuition Fees
$2900.00 - $27050.00
$7500 per semester
$15000 per year
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

You are required to supply your own stationery and writing materials. You are required to supply your own stationery and writing materials. Additionally the purchase of “An Introduction to Sign Language linguistics” by Trevor Johnston and Adam Schembri (Cambridge University Press) is strongly recommended.

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.


Successful completion of Certificate IV or equivalent. IELTS General Stream Band 5 with no individual band below 5. Deaf candidates are exempt from the Listening / Speaking sub-tests.

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.

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 Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them 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.

All future international students will need to complete the short application form. After this, you will be redirected to the full enrolment application form and provide further documentation and forms specifically for International Students. Following this, you will be contacted by a member of the International Office who will support you in the next steps.

You'll find a step-by-step guide to enrolling for international admissions here

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

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