VATC Management Committee
The Victorian Auslan Training Consortium (VATC) was established in 2012 to ensure the continuation of Auslan training in Victoria. The first group of students commenced at Melbourne Polytechnic (previously NMIT) in July 2013 and since then the program has continued to grow.
The VATC for Auslan Training and Delivery is comprised:
- deafConnectEd – the body that advises the Victorian VET sector to ensure deaf students can participate in studies
- Melbourne Polytechnic – one of Victoria’s largest TAFE Institutes
- Vicdeaf, which has provided 130 years of service to the Deaf community in Victoria
- La Trobe University – experts in sign language, linguistics and Auslan teaching
The aim of the VATC is to deliver accredited, innovative and multi-modal Auslan training in Victoria by skilled teaching staff employed at Melbourne Polytechnic. Its mission is to increase Auslan fluency in Victoria, and support the educational, social and economic inclusion of Victorians who use Auslan as their primary language.
deafConnectEd provides advice and support to the VET sector, to ensure deaf people are able to participate in their course of study. deafConnectEd is committed to the inclusion and successful outcomes of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
This is achieved through professional development for teaching and support staff, developing innovative educational solutions, consultation and advice to RTOs and deaf students and the provision of the Central Auslan Booking Service.
As lead agent of the VATC, deafConnectEd is committed to:
- VATC contract management
- Learning, curriculum and e-learning innovation
- Workforce development strategy
- Co-ordination of regional delivery in Victoria
Melbourne Polytechnic is a leading Victorian tertiary institute which offers a diverse range of innovative, hands-on practical skills and modern theoretical learning as your learning and career partner. Students acquire knowledge and skills to leap into an evolving and challenging marketplace. The accredited Auslan training program is provided from the Melbourne Polytechnic Prahran campus and delivered by teachers with real-world experience and expertise.
Additionally, Melbourne Polytechnic has established various partnerships within Victorian regional centres, so that the Auslan program can now be offered in Ballarat, Bendigo, Gippsland and Geelong.
Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to:
- Delivery of Certificate II to Diploma of Auslan training throughout Victoria
- Marketing of Auslan course
Vicdeaf has a long 130 year history of providing services to the Deaf community which includes the largest Auslan/English interpreting service in Victoria. Vicdeaf manages the VATC Stakeholder Steering Committee and the community engagement program to ensure that outcomes of Auslan training meet the needs of the deaf sector and the Auslan/English interpreting industry.
Vicdeaf is committed to:
- Management of the VATC Stakeholder Advisory Committee
- Overseeing community engagement strategies
- Resource production
La Trobe University staff offer a wealth of expertise in sign language linguistics and applied areas such as the teaching of Auslan. It provides technical expertise in Auslan teaching and resource development, curriculum support materials and professional development of Auslan teachers.
- Workforce development strategy
- Resource development