About Us

Who are we?

One of Australia’s leading providers of specialist services for deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people and their families. Our focus is ensuring that you have access to all areas of life on an equal basis with others. We want you to thrive!

What do we do?

We support you to make choices and take actions to change your life. Whether you want to improve relations with your family, find a job you enjoy, learn new skills like cooking, move out of home, develop your English or Auslan skills or any combination of the above – we’re here to support you to thrive.

Here are some of the services we provide;

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Our Vision

Equity for deaf people.

Our Purpose

Deaf life: Your way, your language. We work with deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people to break down barriers, create choice and support you to reach your goals.

Our Patron

The Deaf Society has been granted Vice Regal Patronage by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d).

His Excellency was born in Wollongong, NSW in 1953. He graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in December 1975 and served in the Royal Australian Regiment. His Excellency has had a long and distinguished military career including Mechanised Infantry Adviser, Australian Army Project Team Malaysia and command of 1 RAR during Operation SOLACE in Somalia. His Excellency was promoted to Brigadier in January 1999 and served from 2001 - 2003 as the Director General Land Development. In December 2003, he was promoted to Lieutenant General in the role of Chief of Capability Development Group and in October 2007 was appointed Chief Joint Operations Command.

His Excellency was appointed to the position of Vice Chief of the Defence Force in July 2008. In 2010, he became a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force. He had previously been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his service in Somalia during Operation SOLACE. His Excellency was promoted to General and assumed appointment as the Chief of the Defence Force on 4 July 2011, until his retirement from the Australian Regular Army on 30 June 2014.

His Excellency holds the academic qualifications of Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Wollongong in 2013.

The Office of Governor of NSW is the oldest public office in Australia, dating from 1786 when Captain Arthur Phillip was issued a Commission appointing him Governor of the then colony of New South Wales. The Governor has an important constitutional and ceremonial role in the state as well as being closely involved in the activities of community organisations and events.

It is an honour for the Deaf Society to be granted Vice-Regal Patronage by the Governor.

Our Constitution

The Deaf Society is not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee and is a charity.  For more information about our governance, please read our constitution.


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