Introduction to Auslan 1 (Sign Language)

Course Overview

Auslan is the sign language used by the majority of the Australian deaf community. This fun and practical introduction course is taught by deaf trainers. You will learn to communicate visually using hand, arm and body movements to convey meaning.

This course is suitable for students:

  • Who want to be introduced to Auslan (Australian Sign Language) and about deaf culture
  • Who are looking for a short course at a relaxed pace
  • Wanting to attend classes within their local area
  • Who are managers, employers, teachers, health professionals, friends and colleagues of deaf people and want to communicate with them
  • Who are interested in working with deaf people.

By the end of Introduction to Auslan 1, students will be able to use basic communication skills in Auslan and use visual-gestural communication strategies.

To enrol, please contact Deaf Connect directly on 1800 893 855.

Learn more about this course

What you will learn

Course outline

During the course, students will learn:

  • Basic communication skills in Auslan
  • Visual-gestural communication strategies
  • To identify the deaf Community
  • To explain effective ways of communicating with deaf people
  • To develop an appreciation for Auslan
  • How to access genuine Auslan with deaf trainers
  • To develop practical Auslan skills
  • Through fun and informal classes

Course outcome

It is intended that by the end of the course you will be able to use basic communication skills in Auslan to communicate with the deaf community. You will gain a good introduction to sign language before committing to accredited courses.

Introduction to Auslan 2 is available for those students who have successfully mastered Introduction to Auslan 1.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

Students do not need to have any prior experience.

Other information

To enrol, please contact Deaf Connect directly on 1800 893 855.

Class details

Start Date07 May 2024
End Date25 June 2024
Time7:00pm - 9:00pm
TutorDeaf Society
Location Chatswood Campus


Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


How you got questions? Please see our comprehensive FAQ page for everything you need to know about Macquarie Community College, our policies, student support, application and enrolment procedures.

How to Enrol

Step 1

Anyone 18 years or older may enrol into our non-accredited short courses by: • choosing the course you are interested in and; • finding a day and time that is suitable.

Step 2

After selecting your course and class. click ‘’Enrol Now’’ and enter your details. • You will be asked to verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address. • Once you have returned to the enrolment page you will proceed through the secure checkout and payment process. • Alternatively, you can call customer service on 1300 845 888. To view our Terms and Conditions, please visit:

Step 3

Once your enrolment has been processed, you will receive the following emails: • Enrolment confirmation: you will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed. Please check and read your Terms and conditions. • Tax invoice: the payer of your enrolment will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed. • Course reminder: you will receive a reminder the day prior to your class commencement. • Zoom link (for remote zoom classes only): you will receive a Zoom link and password the day prior to class commencement. If your course has multiple sessions, use the same link and password to access each session.