What is Auslan Signbank?

Auslan Signbank is an online language resource for Auslan – the language of the Australian Deaf community. Auslan Signbank was developed by Professor Trevor Johnston and consists of an online dictionary of Auslan as well as a growing range of other language resources.

Signbank: Interview with Prof. Trevor Johnston from Auslan Consultancy on Vimeo.

To go to Auslan Sigbank click on the following link:  www.auslan.org.au

How to use Signbank

What is Educational Sigbank?

Auslan Signbank already includes signs that are education related. To search for these signs, go to: http://www.auslan.org.au/dictionary/ and select the relevant letter of the alphabet and in the column on the left, selection the category ‘Education’ from the drop menu. This list is limited and hence deafConnectEd approached Professor Johnston about expanding the resources available to students and interpreters working in educational settings.

Educational Signbank provides students and Auslan interpreters with:

  1. a definition of educational terms in plain English and in Auslan
  2. a suggested way of expressing this concept in Auslan. Often this is not an Auslan sign but a depicting sign, which represents some feature of the concept. In some cases there may be a number of suggested depicting signs to choose from.

In partnership with the Victorian College for the Deaf, deafConnectEd started Educational Signbank with signs relating to the automotive industry. These can be found below.

Expanding Educational Signbank

In 2017, the Department of Education and Training provided deafConnectEd with a grant to expand content in Educational Signbank, focusing on VET-related subject areas. This included hospitality, language, literacy and study, as well as workplace health and safety.

The following video has information about how new content was developed including the use of communities of practice:

How to use Educational Signbank

Click on a link below and this will open the relevant Signbank entry. You can also type the keyword directly into Signbank.


  • there may be two (or more) entries for each keyword – a definition and one or more suggested ways of expressing the keyword in Auslan.
  • you can now also watch videos in half speed or even slower. Click on the ‘1’ at the bottom of the video to change the rate.
Community Services
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Workplace Health & Safety
Study and Education
Language, literacy and grammar
Car signs