Diploma of Interpreting - Deaf Connect

Key Information

There are no occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements applicable to this qualification at the time of publication on the National Register.


Interested candidates must have completed, or have Auslan skills equivalent to, PSP51018 - Diploma of Auslan. If you have not completed formal study to this level but can demonstrate skills equivalence, you can still apply. 


As a result, DC requires all candidates to complete the following in order to be offered a place in the course:

  • Pre-screening Test, which includes an assessment of your basic Auslan receptive and production skills, your English skills, as well as 'About you' questions. For the July 2023 intake, this test will be carried out throughout March 2023.
  • Admission Test, which includes am Auslan Interview, an Auslan comprehension and memory test, an Auslan shadowing test and an English presentation. For the July 2023 intake, this test will be carried out in April 2023 (more details below).


Candidates who are unsuccessful at the Admission Test may be offered a place in a Bridging Course.


You can access our Enrolment Policy here or in our Student Handbook.

Pre-Screening Test for the next Diploma of Interpreting courses will be in March 2023.


Admission testing will be in April 2023 as follows:

  • 1-2 April: Face-to-face in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth,
  • 22-23 April: Online.

    To register for the Pre-Screening Test, you can complete this form or contact us directly at studentservices@deafconnect.org.au and provide us with the following information:

    • State you are based in,
    • Location where you wish to study, whether face-to-face or online,
    • A short description of your Auslan exposure.

PSP50916 - Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) is made up of 12 units that you will need to successfully complete in order to attain your Diploma.


  • PSPTIS102 - Apply codes and standards to ethical practice
  • PSPTIS104 - Prepare to translate or interpret
  • PSPTIS112 - Interpret in general dialogue settings
  • PSPTIS113 - Interpret in general monologue settings
  • PSPTIS114 - Manage interactions in general settings
  • PSPTIS115 - Use routine subject area terminology in two languages
  • PSPTIS116 - Demonstrate routine language proficiency in different subjects and cultural contexts
  • PSPTIS117 - Use routine education terminology in two languages
  • PSPTIS118 - Use routine health terminology in two languages
  • PSPTIS133 - Interpret through communication media
  • PSPTIS135 - Sight translate
  • PSPTIS141 - Interpret as part of a team


More information about this qualification and its units can be found here.

Study Option

  • Classroom-based (combination of face-to-face in a classroom and online with face-to-face weekend workshops), or
  • Blended (mostly online via Zoom with some face-to-face weekend workshops)


Face-to-face and live online sessions are timetabled in your Course Guide (see below).
However, outside this time, students are expected to complete approximately 10 hours per week for individual study, online learning, revision and processing of information from class activities, research and preparation of assessments, and community contact.


Face-to-face Workshops

In addition to this, students will be required to physically attend four (4) weekend workshops throughout the duration of the course.
Students enrolled in a blended class will be expected to fly to either Brisbane or Sydney to attend those workshops.
The address for the workshops will be communicated in due course.



Two semesters - 36 weeks (including one face-to-face weekend workshop per term):

  • Term 1 – 10 weeks (6 hours per week),
  • Term 2 – 9 weeks (6 hours per week),
  • Term 3 – 9 weeks (6 hours per week),
  • Term 4 – 8 weeks (6 hours per week).

Government funding is available in certain states for students who meet specific eligibility criteria.


Australian Capital Territory

  • From $2,200 for eligible students.
  • Fees may be subsidised by Skilled Capital pending approval.
  • Skilled Capital is an ACT Government training initiative, funded by the ACT and Australian Governments.
  • Where there is no subsidised funding available, fees will $5,500.


New South Wales

  • From $2,680 for eligible students.
  • This training may be subsidised by the NSW Government pending approval.
  • You can check your eligibility here.
  • Your fee will be dependent on your previous qualifications and personal circumstances.

  • Where there is no subsidised funding available, fees will $5,500.



  • $2,200 (non concessional co-contribution fee) or $1,100 (concessional co-contribution fee) for eligible students.
  • This training is subsidised by the Queensland Government under the Higher Level Skills program.
  • You can check your eligibility here*.
  • For a breakdown of the fees at a unit of competency level, see the Program Factsheet relevant to your course of choice. DC will send you a first invoice upon enrolment for the unit(s) of competency being delivered during the course.


    *Note: Under the Queensland VET Investment Program Priority Skills List, DC has an exemption for this course that allows students who hold a certificate IV or higher level qualification to still be considered for funding eligibility, as long as they meet all other eligibility criteria.


South Australia

  • $1,715 (non concessional) or $855 (concessional) for eligible students.
  • This training is supported through WorkReady by the Government of South Australia.
  • You can check your eligibility here.

    *Note: The minimum age for students to enrol in South Australia is 18 years of age.


Other States

  • $5,500 (full fee).
  • DC does not provide subsidised training for students from other states. If you are from another state or territory and wish to enrol, you will need to pay the full fee of the course.

    Please read our Fees and Refunds Policy here or in the Student Handbook.


    Certification documentation will not be issued until all fees have been paid.

For detailed information about this course, you can access the Course Guide appropriate to your course (based on its commencement) below:


The Student Handbook contains information about DC’s obligations towards our students, information about students’ rights and obligations towards DC, as well as links to the relevant policies.


You are required to read and understand our Student Handbook prior to enrolling into this course.

Moorooka blended course – Tuesday/Thursday nights

  • Classroom-based (combination of face-to-face in a classroom and online with weekend workshops in Brisbane)
  • Where: Deaf Connect - 915 Ipswich Road, QLD, 4105
  • When: Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6.00pm to 9.00pm starting on 12/07/2022
  • Program Factsheet


Moorooka blended course – Friday day

  • Classroom-based (combination of face-to-face in a classroom and online with weekend workshops in Brisbane)
  • Where: Deaf Connect - 915 Ipswich Road, QLD, 4105
  • When: Friday days from 9.00am to 3.00pm starting on 15/07/2022
  • Program Factsheet


Parramatta blended course - Monday and Wednesday nights

  • Classroom-based (combination of face-to-face in a classroom and online with weekend workshops in Sydney)
  • Where: Deaf Connect - 4/69 Phillip St, Parramatta, NSW, 2150
  • When: Monday and Wednesday nights from 6.00pm to 9.00pm starting on 11/07/2022
  • Program Factsheet


Online course – Tuesday and Thursday nights

(open to students in ACT, NSW, QLD and SA)

  • Blended (mostly online via Zoom with some face-to-face weekend workshops in Brisbane and Sydney)
  • Where: on Zoom
  • When: Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6.00pm to 9.00pm starting on 12/07/2022
  • Program Factsheet

Funding Eligibility Evidence

In order for DC to assess your funding eligibility, you will need to provide some evidence along with your Enrolment Form.


Proof of ID in the form of one of the following:

  • Australian or New Zealand Birth Certificate
  • Australian or New Zealand Passport
  • Green Medicare card
  • Naturalisation Certificate
  • Humanitarian VISA
  • Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status (Permanent Resident).


Proof of residency or employment in the form of one of the following:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Health Care card or Pension card
  • Proof of Age card
  • Letter or email form employer to show the street address where you are working
  • Utilities account relating to your address within the last 3 months of rental document.


If relevant, proof of disability in the form of one of the following:

  • Disability Support Pension card
  • Letter form a medical practitioner
  • Letter from appropriate government agency
  • Letter from TAFE NSW Teacher/Consultant for students with a disability
  • Letter from special education coordinator
  • Letter from specialised allied health professional.


Note (students in ACT and NSW):
The documents you provide must be a copy of the original which has been sighted and signed by an Approved Witness within the last twelve (12) months. For a list of Approved Witnesses, please visit the Attorney-General's Department page.


Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1 January 2015, Deaf Connect (DC) can be prevented from issuing you with a nationally recognised VET qualification or statement of attainment when you complete your course if you do not have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).
In addition, we are required to include your USI in the data we submit to NCVER. If you have not yet obtained a USI you can apply for it directly at https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi/ on computer or mobile device.
You may already have a USI if you have done any nationally recognised training. It is important that you try to find out whether you already have a USI before attempting to create a new one. You should not have more than one USI. To check if you already have a USI, use the ‘Forgotten USI’ link on the USI website at https://www.usi.gov.au/faqs/i-have-forgotten-my-usi/.


Course Confirmation

Courses will only be confirmed once minimum enrolment numbers have been reached. Students will receive a confirmation email confirming that their course is going ahead, which they should wait for before committing to any affiliated expenses like childcare.

You need to have access to the following:

  • Laptop or desktop computer with reliable internet connection
  • Filming device (webcam, handheld camera or smartphone)
  • Word processing and presentation software(s) to make presentations or complete your assessments (Microsoft Word or Google Docs and Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides)
  • PDF reader (download for free here)
  • Access to Zoom
  • Access to Moodle – instructions will be provided prior to the commencement of the course
  • Access to printer and scanner – If you are not familiar with document editing
  • Pen and notepad


Our Learning Management System (Moodle) is not easily accessible from smart phones or tablets and is best accessed on a laptop or desktop computer. Due to the way our courses are structured, the Moodle App for either Apple or Android is NOT SUITABLE for studying DC courses. You are at risk of not seeing all learning materials in full when attempting to access them via a mobile phone or tablet.


For classroom-based courses, laptops are preferred rather than phones or tablets and you may need to hotspot from your phone. For blended courses, you MUST use a laptop or desktop computer and your screen must be of adequate size (about 22”) in order for you to clearly see your trainer and classmates. We recommend you use two monitors: one for the PowerPoint and one for your Zoom class.

DC may make reasonable adjustments to accommodate students with disability, where possible. The adjustment made will be determined on a case-by-case basis after assessment of the individual need(s) of the student.


You can access our Support Services Policy here or in our Student Handbook.


On successful completion of the course, you should be able to apply for the NAATI Certification Test, which is a prerequisite for most employers in the industry.


Your enrolment in the course does not guarantee that you will successfully complete or that you will obtain a particular employment outcome where it is outside of DC's control.


Students must have successfully completed all units in order to be issued with an AQF [Australian Qualifications Framework] certification documentation for PSP50922 – Diploma of Interpreting.

Email is the primary means by which we will contact you about your course, e.g. to confirm a course once minimum enrolment numbers are achieved, or cancel if we do not receive enough enrolments.


Please ensure you enter your email address correctly at the time of enrolment.
Please also monitor your Junk folder for emails from Access Training & Education or Deaf Connect. If you do not receive an email about your course by at least the day before the scheduled start date, please contact us.


The next offering for the Diploma of Interpreting will be in July 2023.

For more information about the course and the entry requirements, register to one of our Online Information Sessions below:

Admission Tests will open in April 2023.

Please note that offerings vary from one semester to another. If you choose to defer your enrolment from a course, a similar course may not be on offer the following semester and your deferral will be at risk of expiry.



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Got a Question?

For all course enquiries, please email studentservices@deafconnect.org.au or call 1800 893 855 and our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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