The Project

Led by Vicdeaf, State Deaf Societies in Australia collaborated to produce a successful grant submission from the Commonwealth Government through the Attorney General’s Department. This grant aims to establish guidelines to improve services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people who prefer Auslan for the preparatory, response and recovery stages of natural hazard emergencies.

This project will develop national guidelines and strategies for improving engagement and building resilience for deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people whose preferred language is Auslan. Building on recently completed and current projects in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales, the project will result in much-needed outputs including up-to-date and accessible Auslan and English language resources, best practice guidelines, and training strategy resources for national roll out by individual state Deaf Societies, television broadcasters and state-level emergency services organisations. Specifically, the project aims to:

  • Improve the ability of deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people whose preferred language is Auslan to prepare, respond to and recover from natural hazard emergencies;
  • Improve the ability of Auslan interpreters to effectively interpret live emergency announcements broadcast on television;
  • Improve the ability of television broadcast services to facilitate Auslan-interpreted live emergency announcements broadcast on television;
  • Improve the ability of emergency services to communicate with deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Auslan signers before, during and after natural hazard emergencies.

The following output(s) will be produced through completion of this project:

  • Report on demographic information about deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people in each state, including community risk and hazard profiles for high-risk regions across Australia.
  • Up-to-date and accessible Emergency Information Kit in Auslan and English for deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Auslan signers that can be tailored to the respective community risk and hazard profiles for each state by individual state Deaf Societies after the completion of the proposed project.
  • National guidelines and strategy resources for educating deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people about how to prepare, respond to and recover from natural hazard emergencies.
  • National guidelines and strategy resource for training Auslan interpreters to effectively interpret live emergency announcements broadcast on television.
  • National guidelines resource for television broadcast services to facilitate the Auslan interpretation of live emergency announcements broadcast on television.
  • National guidelines for state emergency services organisations on how to communicate with deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Auslan signers before, during and after natural hazard emergencies.

On completion of this project, the following outcome(s) will be achieved and will be reported against:

  • Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Auslan signers are better equipped to prepare, respond to and recover from natural hazard emergencies.
  • Auslan interpreters have the skills, knowledge and understanding to interpret live emergency announcements on television.
  • Television broadcasting personnel have the skills, knowledge and understanding to better facilitate Auslan-interpreted live emergency announcements on television.
  • Emergency services personnel have the skills, knowledge and understanding to better communicate with the deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing Auslan signers in their local community

Funding and support
This resource was funded under a grant from the Australian Government. The project was led by Vicdeaf with the support of the Deaf Society of NSW, Deaf Services Queensland, Deaf Can Do, TasDeaf, Western Australian Deaf Society, Able Australia, Monash University and stakeholders within the Deaf and Deafblind communities and Emergency service related organisations throughout Australia.

Authorisation
Authorised by the Australian Government.

Disclaimer
This information has been compiled from a variety of sources including material generally available on public record, reputable specialist sources and original material. Care has been taken to verify accuracy and reliability wherever possible. However the material does not provide professional advice. The Australian Government does not give any warranty or accept any liability concerning the contents of this work.