Announcement from Deaf Australia’s chairperson, Debra Swann
Deaf Australia is the national peak advocacy and information organisation in Australia for Deaf people who are bilingual – using both English and Auslan (Australian Sign Language).
We work under the understanding that many Deaf Australians have varying degrees of fluency in both Auslan and English, but primarily use Auslan as their native or preferred language.
We advise government, industry, and service providers about the needs and views of Deaf people, and work to improve Deaf people’s access in a range of areas.
Our ideal world is one where:
Deaf people are respected and fully included in the Australian community and the right to use Auslan is legally recognised.
First Nations Acknowledgement
Deaf Australia supports the act of reconciliation and acknowledges the traditional custodians of the many nations of Australia and their strong connection to land, sea and community
Deaf Australia respects elders past current and future and shares this respect to all Aboriginals and Torres Strait people.
Deaf Australia acknowledges and respects Indigenous Sign Languages that were embedded in our ways of ‘being who we are’ all over Australia and appreciate their rich contribution to sign languages
We acknowledge and respect the members of the Deaf Communities in Australia, who preserve their rich heritage, culture and our language: Auslan (Australian Sign Language). We also acknowledge our custodians of Auslan, promoting awareness, equality and access through our sign language. Through Auslan, we inspire future leaders in our deaf communities to continue our legacy and heritage.