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Project to help deaf and hearing impaired.

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Hon Peter Dutton MP

Minister for Workforce Participation 23 December, 2005

Media Release

Project To Help Deaf And Hearing Impaired

‘A research project to assist up to 60 deaf and hearing impaired people to use Auslan interpreter services in the

workplace will start this week’ the Minister for Workforce Participation, Peter Dutton said today.

The Australian Government is providing $120 000 for the project under the Workplace Modifications Scheme to

provide access to Auslan interpreter services for deaf and hearing impaired people to attend and participate in

workplace meetings and training.

The project, to be conducted in partnership with the Australian Federation of Deaf Societies, will promote and assess

the use of Auslan interpreter services by deaf and hearing impaired people for key work related activities such as

induction and training, performance reviews and other significant meetings.

Auslan is the national sign language of the deaf community in Australia.

The Government currently provides funding to assist employers meet the costs of any workplace adjustments for

their staff with disabilities through the Workplace Modifications Scheme.

‘This project recognises that for the employers of deaf and hearing impaired people, the use of interpreters on

occasions is a necessary expense to ensure their staff are fully able to participate in key workplace events,’ Mr Dutton


‘This is particularly the case during the initial phase of employment where there is typically a lot of new information

to take on board and while colleagues are learning the best way to communicate with someone who is deaf or hearing


Rebecca Ladd from the Australian Federation of Deaf Societies welcomed the project.

‘This Australian Government project will provide a better understanding of how to assist deaf and hearing impaired

people and their employers with their communication needs so as to ensure that the job works out for all parties’ Ms

Ladd said.

‘This project is further evidence of the Government’s commitment to providing practical support to help all people

with disabilities into work in keeping with their abilities’ Mr Dutton said.

Deaf or hearing impaired people who use Auslan and wish to participate in the project should contact Zarina

Tremellen on 03 9539 5309 phone or

For further information contact:

Brad Emery 02 6277 7630