The University of Newcastle, Australia

Australian Sign Language (Auslan)

What is Auslan?

Australian Sign Language, more popularly referred to as Auslan, is the language used by signers in Australia to communicate with both deaf and hearing people.

Auslan is a visual spatial language that requires the below elements to enable students to communicate effectively using more visual modes of communication such as: (1) expression; (2) body language; and (3) signs.

Become bilingual by learning Auslan

Auslan grammar is different from English so essentially students are learning a new language and new syntax. It does not follow the English grammar in any way so that in effect engaging is very much a bilingual learning experience.

Auslan careers

Carve your own path with in-demand skills

As the needs of the deaf/mute demand greater access, the opportunities across all industries and occupations for Auslan skills continue to increase.

Auslan provides diverse career opportunities and most of our graduates enjoy roles across:

  • sign language interpretation
  • education
  • special education.

Other skills that you will learn from your Auslan studies include:

  • Multimedia captioning/subtitles - You will learn to provide accessibility for deaf and non-deaf for multimedia purposes such as online videos, TV programs and movies. In some countries, captioning is used heavily as a reading tool to boost national literacy levels.
  • Visual communications - Around 40% of students in the classroom are visual learners and AUSLAN studies will enable you to have the skills and knowledge to communicate the visual medium more effectively.
  • Alternative ways to improve accessibility among: (1) Deaf and hard of hearing people; (2) those with a disability; (3) deaf with a disability.

Your learning is designed to enrich your knowledge and understanding, challenging perspectives including your own preconceived beliefs.


    National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

    As a result of NDIS, greater numbers of people with a disability are enabled to lead independent lives through access to interpreting services.

    Professional qualifications

    Previous students have gone to become NAATI qualified interpreters in the field of sign language interpreting. There is a great demand for Deaf/Blind interpreters in particular, as NDIS provides services for deaf/blind.