Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Deaf Australia’s new strategic plan is aimed at promoting rights and equality for Deaf people through influencing governments to implement the United Nations Conventions and the National Disability Strategy.

Download a copy of the 2015-2020 Strategic plan here (PDF 490KB) 

Purpose Statement:

Deaf Australia is the deaf-led peak organisation representing deaf people in Australia. We promote the advancement of human rights and equality for deaf people by collaborating with our members and stakeholders to influence governments in implementing the United Nations Conventions and the National Disability Strategy.

Our Vision:

Strengthening deaf diversity

Our Mission:

Making an inclusive Australia for deaf people.


Deaf Australia is for all deaf, hard of hearing and non-deaf people and organisations (not-for-profit, for-profit or government), that use and/or accept and respect Auslan (Australian Sign Language).

Guiding Principles: 

Our guiding principles are:

  • Language
  • Perception
  • Self-Determination
  • Management


Deaf Australia believes it is a human right for every deaf and hard of hearing person to acquire, and express themselves in, Auslan and English.


Deaf Australia must work to change the perception of deaf and hard of hearing people who use Auslan to recognise ourselves as a unique community with our own language and culture, and that a ‘one size fits all’ approach is not an effective solution.


Deaf Australia believes that our society must accept our organisation as an integral part in any decision-making process that affects deaf and hard of hearing people. Deaf Australia believes and adheres to the philosophy; ‘Nothing about us without us.’


Deaf Australia is committed to achieve our objectives through effective management of our people, resources, and through collaborative work with ‘like-minded’ organisations.

Key Goal Areas:

Our key goals focus on:

  • Family
  • Youth
  • Community
  • Services
  • Members