Diploma of Auslan - PSP51018

Melbourne Polytechnic

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00724G

This qualification provides signing skills to communicate in Auslan fluently and spontaneously across a wide range of subjects. Communication may take place in any situation including personal, public, social, employment and educational domains.This qualification aligns to an adaptation, for sign languages, of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), CI: Proficient User.This is an Auslan signer who can:understand a wide range of demanding, long texts, and recognise implicit meaningexpress him or herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressionsuse language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposesproduce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.The volume of learning for a Diploma is typically 1 to 2 years.No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • Converse in Auslan at a basic user level
  • Compare the fundamental differences between Auslan and English structure
  • Convey information between Auslan and English
  • Compare other sign languages to Auslan
  • Compare the structure of sentences in Auslan and English
  • Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (familiar subjects)
  • Source information on Deaf culture, and communicate according to Deaf protocol
  • Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (abstract and concrete notions)
  • Communicate with Deafblind people
  • Research the development of educational and social conditions for Australian Deaf communities
  • Analyse the structure of Auslan signs
  • Analyse the semantics and sociolinguistics of Auslan
  • Research the role of an Auslan interpreter
  • Take notes for Deaf, hard of hearing and Deafblind people
  • Converse in Auslan at a proficient user level

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Prahran International: $35,200 Yes
  • Full-time : 18 weeks
Preston International: $35,200 Yes
  • Full-time : 18 weeks

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