In this section you will find answers to some of the most common queries Auslan Services receives.

Auslan stands for Australian Sign Language. It is the sign language used by the Deaf community in Australia and is recognized as a natural language with its own grammar and vocabulary.
Auslan is unique to Australia and has its own distinct features. While it shares some similarities with other sign languages, such as British Sign Language (BSL), it is a separate language with its own grammar and vocabulary.
Auslan is primarily used by the deaf and hard-of-hearing community in Australia. However, it can also be used by hearing people who wish to communicate with those who use Auslan, such as family members, friends, and professionals working with the deaf community.

No, Auslan is a distinct sign language that is used in Australia. BSL and ASL are separate sign languages used in the United Kingdom and United States respectively.

NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) plays a crucial role in the Auslan interpretation field. It sets the standards for accreditation of Auslan interpreters and ensures the quality and professionalism of their services.

The Deaf community refers to a group of individuals who identify as Deaf or hard of hearing and share a common language, culture, and experiences. They often use sign language, such as Auslan, as their primary means of communication.

The demand for Auslan interpreters is very high. The supply is unable to meet the demand. For this reason, it is highly recommended wherever possible, to book interpreters well in advance.

Deaf culture encompasses the shared beliefs, values, traditions, and behaviors of the Deaf community. It includes aspects such as the use of sign language, visual arts, social gatherings, and a strong sense of identity and pride in being Deaf.

Not all Deaf individuals are fluent in Auslan. Some individuals may prefer other communication methods, such as lipreading, speech, or a combination of sign language and spoken language, depending on their personal preferences and communication abilities.

According to recent statistics, it is estimated that around one in six Australians experience some form of hearing loss. However, the exact number of individuals within the Deaf community who use Auslan as their primary language is not readily available. The 2021 Australian census reveal over 16,000 people use Auslan in their homes.

Yes, you can request a specific Auslan interpreter if they are available. However, if they are not available, Auslan Services will provide you with another qualified interpreter.

There are various ways to learn Auslan. You can enrol in community classes, online courses, workshops, or seek private tuition. It is also helpful to engage with the Deaf community and participate in immersive learning experiences.

Yes, Auslan has a rich history. It developed naturally within the Australian Deaf community over time and has roots in British Sign Language (BSL) due to historical connections between Australia and the United Kingdom.

Auslan interpreters are highly skilled professionals who facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing individuals. They listen to spoken language and convert it into Auslan for Deaf individuals, and vice versa, allowing effective communication to take place.

Yes, Auslan interpretation can be provided remotely through video relay services on video conferencing platforms. This enables Deaf individuals to access interpreting services even in situations where an on-site interpreter is not available.

Yes, Auslan interpreters are available for various settings, including medical appointments, legal proceedings, educational settings, workplace meetings, conferences, and community events. They ensure effective communication between Deaf and hearing individuals in different contexts.

Yes. Auslan Services is a national company who employs more than 400 NAATI certified Auslan interpreters. Every week, Auslan Services are coordinating 100’s of hours of interpreting all over Australia. We have Auslan interpreters located in every state and territory.

To become a qualified Auslan interpreter, individuals need to undergo training and assessment through recognized educational institutions. They also need to obtain NAATI accreditation, which includes demonstrating proficiency in both Auslan and English.

You can request Auslan interpretation services by registering on Auslan Services booking system directly. They will assist you in finding a suitable interpreter based on your requirements and the nature of the event or situation. https://bookings.auslanservices.com

Yes, Auslan interpretation services can be provided in regional areas, although the availability of interpreters may vary. Auslan Services strives to ensure access to quality interpretation services for Deaf individuals, regardless of their location. VRI is commonly a solution in reginal and remote areas.

Auslan contributes to inclusivity and accessibility by providing Deaf individuals with a means of communication that is native to them. It helps bridge the communication gap between Deaf and hearing individuals, enabling equal participation and access to information.

Yes, Auslan interpretation services can be provided internationally. If you require interpretation services for an overseas event or interaction, Auslan Services can assist in coordinating interpreters or connecting you with relevant resources in the desired location.

Businesses and organisations can become more inclusive for the Deaf community by providing accessible communication options, such as Auslan interpretation services, captioning, and ensuring physical accessibility. They can also promote diversity and inclusion within their workforce.

Yes, there are events and celebrations related to Auslan and the Deaf community, such as Deaf Awareness Week, International Day of Sign Languages, and various cultural festivals organised by the Deaf community. These events provide opportunities to learn, engage, and celebrate Deaf culture. Auslan Day is April

Yes, you can hire Auslan interpreters for personal occasions or private events. Whether it’s a wedding, family gathering, or any other event where Deaf individuals are present, Auslan Services can assist in arranging professional interpreters.

You can support the Deaf community and promote Auslan awareness by learning Auslan, advocating for accessibility and inclusion, attending Deaf community events, supporting Deaf-led organisations, and amplifying Deaf voices and experiences in your community.

No, Auslan Services only provide interpreting services for Auslan. For other languages, you will need to find an interpreter who is fluent in that language.

If you have a complaint about an Auslan interpreter, you should contact Auslan Services to discuss your concerns. They will investigate the matter and take appropriate action.

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