Education and Learning

Personal and Community Development Opportunities

Need support with University or TAFE fees? Want to learn new skills and make a contribution to the community? We have a range of supports and funding available to community members that would like to further their education or participate in a personal or community development activity.


Tertiary Scholarship - Kenneth W Tribe Fellowship Fund

The late Mr Kenneth W Tribe was a Director of our Board for forty years, including fourteen years as President.

In 1983, we acknowledged Mr Tribe’s many years of generous service by establishing the Kenneth W Tribe Fellowship Fund. The aim of the Fund is to provide financial support to deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing individuals who wish to further their education.

When applying, you need to show that your course of study will improve your employment opportunities and enhance your ability to contribute to the Deaf Community.

The fund is capped at $5,000 per year.

Brochure l Application Form l Referee Form

Personal or Community Development - Anthony M Houen Community Grant

The Anthony M Houen Community Grant was established in July 2010 to provide one-off grants to support deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people to contribute to the Deaf Community in any one of the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Community Development
  • Conference/Seminar
  • Art and Culture
  • Sport

To apply your project needs to contribute to the positive growth of an individual or group and provide inspiration for other deaf people to achieve and show leadership.

The fund is capped at $1,000 per application.

Brochure l Application Form

Personal or Community Development - Deaf Community Centres Fund

In 1997, the Board of the Deaf Society made $100,000 available to groups who wished to work towards establishing a community centre(s) for deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people. As of July 2011, $96,000 of funding is available.

Organisations that would like to apply for this funding need to be incorporated, and their application must be supported by members of the Deaf Community including current members of the Deaf Society.

When applying for this funding, organisations need to ensure that the following information is provided:

  • Evidence of support from members of the Deaf Community and members of the Deaf Society for the proposal, including details of community ownership.
  • A viable Business Plan to prove sustainability and should include:
    • Budget projections for income and expenditure for three (3) years.
    • How the Centre(s) will be managed (paid and voluntary)
    • How the Centre(s) will be staffed (paid and voluntary)
    • The percentage of contribution sought
    • A project management plan, including timelines for establishment of the centre(s), incorporation of the committee (if required), hiring of staff and equipment, etc.

To enquire about the Deaf Community Centres Fund or to ask for assistance with an application, please contact us.

Interpreter Mentoring Programs

Many new and aspiring interpreters work with a mentor who can support them in honing their Auslan or decision-making skills, preparing for professional level qualification, or navigating the complexities of specialty areas like health care, mental health, government or performing arts.

Our Mentors offer the following:

  • Support system for mentees as they work towards their language & career goals
  • Personal perspective, knowledge, and life experiences
  • Ability to identify skill gaps
  • Sessions aimed at improving skill areas identified as important to the mentees development
  • Guidance that increases the mentee’s personal confidence
  • Confidential and safe learning environment

We have a range of mentoring packages available. Have a look below and find the package that suits you.

John Ferris Internship Program

In 2008, we introduced the John Ferris Internship Program to support the development of Auslan-English interpreters. The 13-week paid internship is available at two levels; for newly accredited Paraprofessional Interpreters allowing them to develop their skills as they enter the workforce and for experienced Paraprofessional Interpreters preparing for Professional Interpreter accreditation. The program gives an interpreter the opportunity to develop their skills by working with an experienced mentor.

The program runs twice a year with typically three applicants accepted per round. The success of the program in the Sydney Metro area has lead to it being offered in the Central Coast in 2014 and Canberra in 2015. This ensures that interpreters across NSW and the ACT are given the opportunity to develop their skills with the ultimate outcome being improved service provision to the Deaf Community.

The 13-week John Ferris Internship Program includes;

  • Attending bookings one day per week with your mentor for which you will receive payment.
  • The opportunity to work in partnership with your mentor, observe them in action and be observed by your mentor.
  • Debriefing with your mentor and exercises like filming, journals and feedback sheets to further develop your skills as an interpreter.

For more information or to register for this program, contact us.