Advocacy

What we do …

Deaf Australia is always actively advocating for Deaf people with governments, industry and service providers for improved access to all areas that affect Deaf people’s daily lives – employment, interpreting, education, telecommunications, information access, youth, human rights, and so on.

Some of the areas in which Deaf Australia is making a difference are:

Disability sector reforms
  • Deaf people’s issues are included in the National Disability Strategy
  • Deaf people are included in the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Deaf people’s issues included in Disability Employment Services reforms
Interpreting
  • Employment (the Employment Assistance Fund).
  • Health and medical (NABS).
Auslan
  • The Auslan Shop.
  • The Auslan Endorsement System (which identifies quality Auslan materials and resources).
Education and early intervention
  • Better Start for Children program (Auslan now included).
  • Vidkids early intervention for children in remote areas (Auslan now included).
  • The National Curriculum (Auslan now included).
  • Education Queensland now use Auslan, instead of signed English, in schools (from 2008).
  • The bilingual program at Toowong State School.
Youth
  • New national Deaf Youth group – first meeting held 1 March 2014
  • Leadership camps.
  • Dorothy Shaw Young Writers Competition.
  • Youth representatives to World Federation of the Deaf Youth Camps.
Captioning
  • Television, Pay TV, cinemas and DVDs.
  • Changes to the Broadcasting Services Act in June 2012 to require all programs to be captioned between 6.00am and midnight by 2014.
Communications
  • SMS access to emergency services.
  • Video Relay Service (VRS).
  • National Relay Service (NRS) and Internet Relay.
For more information about individual areas of advocacy, please explore this section of our website.