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Diploma of Auslan

Free TAFE Code: PSP51018 CRICOS: 0100567



2 years full time


2 years

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Please note: There is an 18-week Full Time Pathway Program for students who have completed Certificate IV in Auslan PSP40818.

Take the next step to become an interpreter with the Diploma of Auslan PSP51018

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 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.

Use your Diploma of Auslan PSP51018 skills across industries

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.

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 Diploma of Auslan PSP51018 take me?

Successful completion of the Diploma of Auslan PSP51018 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
  • NDIS Support Coordination/Support Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Aged Carer

Study Pathways

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.

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I found the Auslan course at Melbourne Polytechnic a great fit. I had a really, really great class and a lot of amazing students.
Blake Breeland-Clencie
Diploma of Auslan Graduate and Outstanding Foundation Student of the Year 2021

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

Pathway Program for students who have completed Certificate IV in Auslan PSP40818.

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

Direct Entry Program

  • 2-Year Full time: Four semesters, 18 weeks per semester. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Term Dates 2024

  • 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

Assessment Methods

A range of assessment methods will be employed 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 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 Elective 50
PSPLAN010 Communicate with deafblind people Elective 60
PSPLAN011 Take notes for Deaf, hard of hearing and Deafblind people Elective 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 Elective 50
PSPLAN015 Research the role of an Auslan interpreter Elective 50

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $3680 $32800
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $3930 $33050
Per year $19600
Per semester $9800

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.


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

Fees explained

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.

Check your eligibility

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.

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 camera and an internet connection to film your assignments and upload them
You will be required to have a suitable laptop or smartphone to enable you to film 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.


Pathway program: Successful completion of Certificate IV in Auslan PSP40818 or equivalent.

Direct entry 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 Working Level 3 for Numeracy.

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 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

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Nationally Recognised Training

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

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