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PO Box 1348
Blackburn North

Deaf Australia Inc

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.

Our Vision - Strengthening deaf diversity 
Overview - 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)


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
  • Employment (the Employment Assistance Fund).
  • Health and medical (NABS).
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SMS access to emergency services.
  • Video Relay Service (VRS).
  • National Relay Service (NRS) and Internet Relay.

Phone: 0458 256 796


  • Policy and advocacy

  • Complex support

  • Volunteer