Deaf Australia is the Deaf-led peak organisation representing Deaf* people in Australia.
*Deaf represents all culturally Deaf and hard of hearing people
Who We Are
What We Do
About Deaf Australia
Deaf Australia is a Deaf-led advocacy and information organisation in Australia representing all Deaf, hard-of-hearing people and others who use Auslan (Australian Sign Language) as their language of preference.
Background of Deaf Australia
Deaf Australia was founded in 1986 as a not-for-profit organisation that represents all Deaf, hard of hearing people and others who are fluent and knowledgeable about Auslan.
Our Vision, Mission & Values
Deaf Australia’s mission and vision guides us in striving to ensure every deaf person as citizens in Australia has the right to full participation in their communities with Auslan as the preferred choice of language.
Deaf Australia’s projects are aligned with our core mission and values. We collaborate with governments, stakeholders and other sectors where needed in order to support compliance with the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Our Auslan Shop is here!
We offer some exciting products for our Deaf Community. You can use it for learning or leisure purposes. The Auslan Shop will be expanding with new products over time.
2016 census indicated that 11,885 people in Australia use Auslan at home.
Deaf Australia estimates that the real number is closer to 20,000 people who use Auslan to communicate every day.
Name sign is considered as a badge of honour that are given by the Deaf community. The name sign can be personal characteristics, mannerism or appearance. Some people have their names in the initial form.
Auslan variations occur due to regions, social groups, age, gender, education
[both access to and lack of], family backgrounds & ethnicity.
First Nations Acknowledgment
Deaf Australia acknowledges that sovereignty was never ceded, and we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the many nations of Australia, and their strong connection to land, water and community.
Deaf Australia respects elders past and current, and extends this respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Deaf Australia acknowledges and respects Indigenous Sign Languages as a vital contribution to the rich diversity of languages all over Australia and supports its revitalisation
Deaf Australia celebrates Auslan and recognise all Deaf leaders in Australia who have advocated for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing communities. We are proud of everyone’s contribution, whether big or small, in preserving our language, community and culture.