Sign Language

Sign languages are used by people with hearing impairments, their families and those who educate and work with them. There are individual sign languages in many countries around the world.

Auslan, [Australia Sign Language], is the official sign language used in Australia. It is similar to British and New Zealand Sign languages, but different from the English language in both structure and vocabulary forms. There is often variation in the language relating to both place and person [age and education]. Auslan also includes Fingerspelling.

Signed English was used for some time but is now considered undesirable. Sign Language has been used in Australia since at least the middle of the 19th century.

This page gives access to Auslan courses, dictionaries, grammar, vocabulary, tutorials, other resources and information. A second section of the page provides links to other sign languages from around the world. These are only provided for your information.

Hand sign for Auslan, courtesy of Auslan Signbank.

Dictionary, medical and health dictionary, grammar examples on video, videos of deaf people using Auslan, links to classes, information on the deaf community in Australia.
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Auslan - Australian Sign Language

Auslan - What is it ?

  • All About …
    Auslan history from SignPlanet.
  • Auslan
    Recognition, status, history, Auslan in relation to English, variation, standardisation, written and recorded Auslan, further reading, references, links. Wikipedia.
  • History of Auslan
    Auslan Signbank article.
  • Sign Language - Auslan
    Better Health Channel, Victoria. Introduction, evolution, different elements, structure, learning, where to get help, more.
  • What is Auslan ? [AccessPLUS WA Deaf]
    Scroll down the page to the How we Help section and select this box.

Learning Auslan


  • Auslan [The Australian Curriculum]
    All components of the curriculum structure are included. Multiple options to target specific areas, levels. Additional section on how to ‘Understand how Auslan Works’.
  • New ! Auslan Corpus
    ‘The Auslan Corpus consists of the movies in the Auslan Archive together with linked linguistic annotation files’.
  • Auslan Flashcards and Study Sets [Quizlet]
    ‘Browse 105 sets of Auslan flashcards’.
  • Auslan Fonts
    True Type fonts, activity sheets, cards, ideas. Auslan Resources.
  • Auslan on TV [Deaf Australia]
    ‘Deaf Australia has been advocating for many years for Auslan on TV’. Multiple areas of information
  • Auslan Play Book
    ‘The first board picture book for children with Auslan signs , written in English word order. This child’s board book has 20 colourful pages with Signs and their written descriptions of Marble the bear visiting and playing on the beach’. Prompt Education. Fee-based.
  • Auslan Resources
    Includes the Auslan Fonts link provided above, lesson plans and activities for Primary children, resources for VCE Auslan courses, links to other resources, Auslan information.
  • Auslan Resources on Pinterest
    50+ resources have been pinned.
  • Auslan Services
    ‘A leading provider of Auslan interpreters’. Information on Auslan and Auslan training.
  • Auslan Translation Videos : The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    Australian Government Department of Social Services. Different usage.
  • Australian Baby Hands
    ‘Using AUSLAN based sign language your baby can tell you what they want when they want it’. Information for parents, products, classes, more.
  • Aussie Deaf Kids
    Covers a wider area than this, but some aspects, especially relating to schooling would be of value.
  • Bilby Publishing
    Annotated links to sign language materials, including New ! Auslan DVDs and New ! Auslan Dictionary, that are fee-based.
  • Dictionary of Auslan
    ‘This edition includes full colour images and variation signs from across Australia. It contains notes regarding Auslan grammar and structure, such as Grammatical features, Conventions for numbers and counting, fingerspelling, and a History of Sign Language in Australia’.
  • Updated ! Getting Started with Key Word Sign [Auslan Edition]
  • Printable Worksheets - Auslan
    ‘Some of the worksheets displayed are Sign language 1, Farm animals, Auslan dictionary topic colours, Contents, ... Once you find your worksheet, click on the pop-out icon or the print icon to print or download’.
  • RIDBC Auslan Tutor
    ‘Portable video-based Australian Sign Language [Auslan] teaching resource developed specifically for the iPhone and iPod touch’. Only works with these. All details from the site. Free and Fee-based versions.
  • SignPlanet
    Kids & Carers, Teachers & Trainers, Baby Sign, Classes, about. A huge site. One sample is the Adults Desk where you can take a tour. Extensive material, resources and ideas.
  • The Auslan Shop
    DVDs to books, multimedia to novelty items, courses to games.


This is only a small selection of YouTube videos. Search for more or use links on the right of a number of these pages.

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Other Sign Languages

Other Information

  • Baby Sign Language
    ‘Baby sign language is a great way to help you communicate with your pre-verbal baby. Baby sign language helps babies that are ready to communicate, but can’t talk bridge the gap to full speech’. Basics, dictionary, flash cards, blog, more.
  • NFB Early Childhood Initiative Program
    ‘Featuring programs designed to provide children and their families support and guidance to master the skills needed to achieve independence for a lifetime’.
  • Handspeak
    Use hand signs to talk to each other. More than 3 000 signs.

Other Sign Languages

American Sign Language

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