Auslan Components Draft 1

Project Summary

Existing accredited courses in Auslan which expire on 31 December 2017 are being re-developed as national qualifications and units of competency to sit within the PSP Public Sector Training package. 

Completion of the development of training package products and submission to the AISC for endorsement is expected to be November 2017.

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Project Background

The following courses have been accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) from 01 January 2011 to 31 December 2017:

  • 22075VIC - Certificate II in Auslan
  • 22077VIC - Certificate III in Auslan
  • 22078VIC - Certificate IV in Auslan
  • 22081VIC - Diploma of Auslan

The accredited courses consisted of the above four qualifications and a suite of 32 units of competency.

These courses were previously maintained by Government Skills Australia (GSA), an Industry Skills Council (ISC). Responsibility for these courses was transferred to SkillsIQ following the closure of Industry Skills Councils. SkillsIQ now supports IRCs that oversee some training package products formerly managed by GSA, including those within the PSP Public Sector Training Package. 

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved SkillsIQ to complete training package development work to address skills needs for Auslan signers. This will result in a suite of national training package products that reflect the Standards for Training Packages and will be available to all Registered Training Organisations to be used for training in these skills when the current accredited courses expire. Work will be overseen by the Public Sector Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and Auslan training package products will be included in the PSP Public Sector Training Package. 

For more information regarding the Public Sector IRC, please click here.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

To inform the development of Auslan training package products, a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was formed. The Auslan TAC reports to the Public Sector IRC and is made up of Deaf community stakeholders and subject matter experts from across Australia who provide: 

  • guidance at the national level to ensure training package products are flexible and responsive to changing needs and practices
  • specialist advice and strategic direction in relation to stakeholder feedback and issues relevant to their sector
  • views and feedback on behalf of the sector/organisation they represent
  • support and facilitation of communication and consultation with others, including other members of their organisation, association members and other networks.

The members of the Auslan TAC are:

Stephen Nicolson TASDEAF
Sarah Strong The Deaf Society NSW/ACT
Brent Phillips VICDEAF
Louisa Willoughby Monash University
Cathy Clark deafConnectEd
Michelle Stark Deaf Services Queensland
Stephanie Linder La Trobe University
Kyle Miers Deaf Australia
Patricia Levitzke-Gray Formerly WA Deaf Society
Jenice Wheeler TAFE SA

Consultation Activities and Timelines

Draft 1 of the Auslan training package products now available for public consultation. 

National consultation for Draft 1 will be open for a period of seven weeks from Monday 19th June to Friday 4th August 2017. During this period input will be sought on the following:

  • 15 Units of Competency and associated Assessment Requirements
  • 4 qualifications.

You can provide feedback on all of the proposed training package products through this online Feedback Forum.

All proposed training package products are listed on this page and you can access any one of them by clicking on the title and entering your comments in comment box applicable to the section on which you wish to provide input. For more detail on how to leave feedback click here.

SkillsIQ will be undertaking a number of other activities to engage community stakeholders and VET professionals. 

Consultation Workshops

Public consultation workshops will be held to gather feedback on the proposed training package products. Workshops will take place as follows, please click on the link to register:

Sydney - 20th July – 9.30am-12.30pm

Perth - 24th July – 9.30am-12.30pm

Adelaide - 25th July – 9.30am – 12.30pm

Melbourne -26th July – 1.30pm-4.30pm

Brisbane - 2nd August – 1.30pm-4.30pm

Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of Draft 2, which will be made publicly available for validation prior to the submission for endorsement. 

It is anticipated that the Auslan training package products will be submitted to the AISC for consideration in November 2017.  The table below outlines the timelines for the training package review.


Auslan TAC Meeting 1

March 2017

Preparation Draft 1 & TAC Consultation

April - May 2017

Consultation Draft 1

June - July 2017

Auslan TAC Meeting 2

June - August 2017 

Feedback analysis & Draft 2 Development

August 2017

Validation Draft 2

September 2017

Auslan TAC Meeting 3

October 2017

State Training Authorities Engagement

October 2017

Quality Check

October 2017


November 2017

We encourage you to provide your feedback on this first draft and thank you for your interest in this project. 


Draft 1 Auslan Consultation Guide June 2017

Recent Comments

Neil Ray 09.08.2017

"Nice summary Michelle however manner is picked up in Point 5 "other depicting signs used to:" Then the 'how' is required. Then further down, second last point: "for actor and undergoer" Who uses that word? If "actor" is being used then we should also use "patient" - this refers to the person receiving the act of the verb. My biggest concern however relates more to the idea that no rubric is being implemented. I believe that even in a competency based system the concept of a rubric can be used in order to show where on the continuum of learning a learner is and how they are progressing. I have always like the graduations of "emerging" "consolidating" etc. This shows that not only is the skill being demonstrated it can also show how often this skill is evident."

Auslan Components Draft 1

PSPLAN001 Converse in Auslan at a basic user level_Draft 1 June 2017


Neil Ray 09.08.2017

"I agree with Michelle. Also the subjective terms "slowly" and "clearly" should be avoided. How would these terms be defined anyway? "

Auslan Components Draft 1

PSPLAN001 Converse in Auslan at a basic user level_Draft 1 June 2017


Paul Bartlett 08.08.2017

"although this is an Auslan language qualification the ability to use English at an equivalent level is required, in order to meet the reading and writing components of the assessments"

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PSP20217_Certificate II in Auslan_Draft 1 June 2017


Paul Bartlett 08.08.2017

"each qualification needs to be a stand-alone one and have stated that for each level higher up, the lower qualification or equivalent is needed. and an equivalency test needs to be specified and devised"

Auslan Components Draft 1

PSP20217_Certificate II in Auslan_Draft 1 June 2017


Paul Bartlett 08.08.2017

"Page 5 - this could be more explicitly stated. are idiosyncrasies accepted to what degree and what level. sloppy signing and signs used in the wrong context i.e. referring to English concepts, are not acceptable. suggest rewording to make it more explicit"

Auslan Components Draft 1

PSP20217_Certificate II in Auslan_Draft 1 June 2017