FAQ's

Is Auslan Universal?
No, Auslan is not universal. Auslan is the recognised language of the Australian Deaf Community. Each country has their own sign language although there may be some similarities between certain countries. For international events such as World Federation of The Deaf or Deaflympics a gestural form of language is used known as International Sign. International Sign is not however a recognised language.

How do I learn Auslan?
The Victorian Deaf Society (Vicdeaf) and Kangan Institute in Richmond are the main providers of Auslan Courses. Vicdeaf runs evening courses for an 8 week period from level 1 to level 3 which will provide you with a basic knowledge of the language. They also have recently started a two day summer school program and offer Auslan in the workplace classes. Kangan Institute runs evening classes for 18 weeks and also offers an intensive two year full time course which is recommended for those wishing to go on to interpreting studies. Please see our links page for contact information.

Why do I need two interpreters?
Interpreters work in tandem to prevent mental and physical fatigue and to comply with Occupational Health and Safety standards. The act of interpreting is both mentally and physically demanding. By having interpreters work in tandem it ensures smooth uninterrupted communication between all parties. Two interpreters are usually required for appointments over one hour duration; this will be discussed and negotiated at the time of booking.