Auslan Parliament Bulletin

News from the Victorian Parliament presented in Auslan

To celebrate National Week of Deaf People (20-26 September 2021), we are excited to share a soft launch of some parliamentary vocabulary in Auslan.

In May 2019 the Victorian Parliament’s community engagement team together with members of the Deaf community commenced a project to create parliamentary resources in Auslan. The idea for this project came from of the members of the 2017 Youth Parliament Deafhood debating team. They realised that many parliamentary words and phrases did not have equivalents in Auslan. This lack of vocabulary makes it difficult for members of the deaf community to learn about and engage with the work of parliament.

Since that time, the Auslan Project team has worked to create monthly bulletins about Parliament in Auslan. We have also hosted two community forums where we discussed the list of vocabulary and possible signs. More community workshops will be hosted for the members of Deaf community at a later date. If you would like to assist us in developing Auslan parliamentary vocabulary, please email our Deaf Youth Associate Sara Weir at to express your interest.

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Auslan message on COVID-19

Heidi helps us produce our Auslan Parliament Bulletin and wants to share this message in Auslan about COVID-19
and how you can help stop the spread of the coronavirus disease.


February 2020


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December 2019


November 2019

Our first parliament news bulletin in Auslan was published
in November 2019 and can be viewed below.


Auslan workshops

Two community workshops were held in August 2019 to assist with developing parliamentary vocabulary in Auslan. The workshops were led by members of our Auslan project team, which included young Victorians who participated in the Deafhood team at the 2017 YMCA Youth Parliament of Victoria. 


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The video below was made to promote the community workshops that were held in August 2019.