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Youth Parliament passes Deaf Victoria Bill to make Auslan a mandatory subject

YMCA’s 2021 Victorian Youth Parliament Sitting Week saw four students from the Deafhood team pass their motion for Auslan (Australian Sign Language) to be implemented as a compulsory LOTE (Languages Other Than English) subject across all Victorian schools.

Their Bill, tabled on behalf of Deaf Victoria, the state’s peak advocacy body for Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens, is now in the process of being drafted by the Greens, to be debated in Victoria’s State Parliament.

Their Bill is part of a push to overcome the gap in educational standards between Deaf and hearing students. Whilst Auslan is offered as a LOTE subject by some Victorian schools, the youth parliamentarians believed this was evidently not sufficient to address the widespread discrepancies in teaching and learning faced by many Deaf pupils.

Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours list

Congratulations to the members of our Deaf Community who were recognised for their contribution to the Deaf Community through education, research, and sports in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours list: Dr Breda Carty AO, Anne Bremner AM, and Mark Durdin OAM.

We thank these members of our Deaf Community who have gone above and beyond for our Australian Deaf Community and their professions.

General Manager Announcement

The Board of Deaf Victoria is pleased to announce the appointment of our new General Manager after an extensive search and Deaf led recruitment process. The new General Manager will start in the coming weeks and we know that with this leadership, the future of YOUR organisation is bright!

Our thanks to the Deaf Community for your continued support of the work we do and we look forward to sharing this exciting new chapter with you.

Job Vacancies

Thanks to funding from the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (formerly DHHS) and other sources, Deaf Victoria has two new full time positions available. Auslan skills are essential for these positions and we are targeting deaf/hard of hearing people and Deaf Community members.

YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament

Each year, Youth Parliament provides 120 young people from across the State to participate in an unique program, YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament with a dedicated, experiential focus on civics, citizenship and community. Our application for a team of six deaf and hard of hearing youths to be a part of the 2021 YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament has been successful and has been provisionally sponsored by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

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