Course code: PSP51018 - Diploma of Auslan (Deaf Cohort)

PSP51018 - Diploma of Auslan will give you skills and knowledge to be able to communicate in Auslan as a proficient user of the language. You will learn to communicate with deaf people fluently and spontaneously in a wide range of topics and domains. You will learn to identify and analyse the structure of Auslan as well as basic linguistic similarities and differences between Auslan and other signed languages.






This course is specifically designed for participants who are fluent in Auslan and bring a significant amount of lived experience of Deafness and prior knowledge about the community and Auslan to their study.

As part of their enrolment in this course, students will also complete the following qualifications:

  • PSP20218 - Certificate II in Auslan,
  • PSP30218 - Certificate III in Auslan,
  • PSP40818 - Certificate IV in Auslan.

Eligible students will undergo Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to demonstrate competency in all of the language units from the Certificate II to the Diploma of Auslan. The theory units from each qualification will be delivered face-to-face through evening classes and weekend workshops.

For detailed information about this course, you can access the Course Guide here.

You can access the Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy here or in the Student Handbook.


Fees and funding information

As part of the Queensland VET Investment program, the Queensland Government provides Access Training & Education (ATE) access to funding under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and Higher Level Skills programs.

Where you are eligible for funding and have your enrolment approved, you are required to pay a co-contribution fee to ATE as a contribution to the cost of training and assessment services.

Where you are not eligible for funding and have your enrolment approved, your are required to pay the full fee for the qualification.


  • Co-contribution fee: $2,232.00
  • Qualification full fee: $5,500.00

You can view the funding eligibility criteria here.

For a breakdown of the fees at a unit of competency level, see the Program Factsheet relevant to your course of choice.

ATE will send you a first invoice upon enrolment for the first unit(s) of competency being delivered during the course.

You can access the Fees and Refund Policy here or in the Student Handbook.

Certification documentation will not be issued until all fees have been paid.


entry requirements

There are no occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements applicable to this qualification at the time of publication on the National Register.

However, ATE requires students to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Test as part of the enrolment process. 

More information will be provided to you upon assessment of your eligibility for your course of choice.

Students must have lived experience of Deafness and be able to provide sufficient evidence to prove skills and knowledge in a number of Auslan language areas. They will need to complete the Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning Application Form and email it to for their enrolment to be approved.

You can access the Enrolment Policy here or in the Student Handbook.



Two semesters - 40 weeks:

  • Term 1 – 10 weeks (3 hours per week (over 1 night)) - this term covers the Certificate II units (PSP20218),
  • Term 2 – 10 weeks (3 hours per week (over 1 night)) - this term covers the Certificate III units (PSP30218),
  • Term 3 – 10 weeks (3 hours per week (over 1 night)) - this term covers the Certificate IV units (PSP40818),
  • Term 4 – 10 weeks (3 hours per week (over 1 night)) - this term covers the remaining Diploma units (PSP51018).

Students are also required to set aside some time every week for individual study, online learning, their own review of information from class activities, research and preparation of assessments.

Students may also be required to attend some full weekend workshops.



  • Blended (combination of face-to-face in classroom and online assessments).


Required material and equipment

  • Laptop or desktop computer with reliable internet connection
  • Filming device (webcam, handheld camera or smartphone)
  • Word processing and presentation software(s) (to make presentations or complete assessments)
  • PDF reader (download for free here)
  • Youtube and/or GoReact account (to upload videos)
  • Access to Zoom (this is a requirement)
  • Access to Moodle (instructions will be provided prior to the commencement of the course)
  • Access to printer and scanner (if you are not familiar with document editing)
  • Pen and notepad (if required)

Note: Laptops are preferred rather than phones or tablets and hotspotting from your phone may be required. 


support services

ATE may make reasonable adjustments to accommodate students with disability, where possible. The adjustment made will be determined on a case-by-case basis after assessment of the individual need(s) of the student.

You can access the Support Services Policy here or in the Student Handbook.



PSP20218 - Certificate II in Auslan

  • PSPLAN001 – Converse in Auslan at a basic user level (students will undergo RPL for this unit)
  • PSPLAN002 - Compare the fundamental differences between Auslan and English structure
  • PSPLAN003 - Source information on deaf culture, and communicate according to deaf protocols

PSP30218 - Certificate III in Auslan

  • PSPLAN004 - Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (familiar subjects) (students will undergo RPL for this unit)
  • PSPLAN005 - Analyse the structure of Auslan signs
  • PSPLAN006 - Research the development of educational and social conditions for Australian Deaf communities

PSP40818 - Certificate IV in Auslan

  • PSPLAN007 - Converse in Auslan at an independent user level (abstract and concrete notions) (students will undergo RPL for this unit)
  • PSPLAN008 - Compare the structure of sentences in Auslan and English
  • PSPLAN010 – Communicate with Deafblind people

PSP51018 - Diploma of Auslan (remaining units)

  • PSPLAN009 - Compare other sign languages to Auslan
  • PSPLAN012 – Converse in Auslan at a proficient user level (students will undergo RPL for this unit)
  • PSPLAN013 – Analyse the semantics and sociolinguistics of Auslan
  • PSPLAN015 – Research the role of an Auslan interpreter

More information about this qualification and its units can be found here.



On successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand a wide range of demanding, long texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • Express him or herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Your enrolment in the course does not guarantee that you will successfully complete or that you will obtain a particular employment outcome where it is outside of ATE's control.

Students must have successfully completed all units in order to be issued with an NRT_logo.jpgAQF [Australian Qualifications Framework] certification documentation for PSP51018 – Diploma of Auslan.


Course offering

  • Blended Course in Brisbane
  • Starts: 25th January 2021
  • 40 Weeks (Excluding School and Public Holidays)
  • Night Course Available 

Moorooka - Deaf Services, 915 Ipswich Road, Moorooka, QLD, 4105

  • Tuesdays: 6.00pm to 9.00pm (nights classes)

The RPL process will start the week of 25th January 2021 and an interview will be scheduled with each enrolled student individually to complete the Competency Conversation component. 

Face-to-face classes will commence on 2nd February 2021.

You can view the Program Factsheet for this offering here.

This offering is now full


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Access Training & Education RTO#41192

    • Duration & Delivery 40 Weeks
    • Type Diploma Course
    • Prerequisite See Entry Requirements
    • Fees $5,500.00