AUSLAN is a language used in the deaf community to communicate. The Sunshine Harvester PS education community decided to teach AUSLAN as a language because

  • A large proportion of our students already have a second language other than English
  • We are an inclusive school and AUSLAN recognises hearing and verbally impaired people
  • Its supports the learning of English in a hands on way
  • It promotes hand eye coordination and fine motor skills
  • It allows students to communicate with deaf or verbally impaired peers
  • Being a visual language, it uses different parts of the brain which in turn improves cognitive processes


Deaf students located in schools that offer a second language AUSLAN program have increased opportunity to expand their networks, potentially increasing their social circle, their resilience and inclusion in the school community.

Second language learners learning AUSLAN in a school attended by deaf students have a unique opportunity to use their new language on a daily basis in an authentic context, impacting on accessibility and respect for linguistic and cultural differences.


AUSLAN at Sunshine Harvester is taught at all levels by a fully trained AUSLAN instructors. Our main instructor is hearing impaired. Students receive one hour of formal instruction a week and incidentally through other topic areas so that there is an authentic context in their learning.


To get more information about AUSLAN please follow these links:



Auslan Storybooks




Sally & Possum ABC TV

Check out some great auslan videos filmed in Sunshine Harvester School: