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By supporting our Lottery, you make possible Deaf Lottery Community Grants – opportunities for Deaf Australians to realise their dreams, explore their ideas and unlock their potential.

"Auslan Footy is about making sport accessible to everyone. I wanted all kids to be able to feel part of something, make new friends and feel supported to learn new skills in an inclusive and fun environment. It was so lovely to see some kids who had never been able to participate in group sport before come and join in week after week with such a huge smile on their face.” - Mia Walsh


Earlier this year, we were proud to award a Deaf Lottery Community Grant to fund a pilot program for Auslan Footy - a series of accessible AFL skills clinics for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families.

Over 63 children participated in the program over three huge weekends with Deaf QAFLW player Jamie Howell and Yeronga Devils Club Captain Mia Walsh where they developed their physical, social and spatial skills - but most of all they had a lot of fun!

Events like this could not be possible without your support. Thank you.

Did you know that 1 in 6 Australians live with some form of hearing loss?

Deaf Services and the Deaf Society are focused on our commitment to community, leadership, innovation and culture. Supported by the Deaf Lottery, we aim to:

  • Work with individuals and the community to understand and meet their needs.
  • Drive improvements and new opportunities aligned with our Mission and enhancing our sustainability.
  • Develop our influence and position to enhance the capacity of the Deaf community.
  • Enable organisational capability, capacity and readiness.
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Your Impact

Deaf Services and the Deaf Society is proud to be Australia’s only largest whole-of-life service provider for the Deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind communities.

An example of one of our vital services is offering exceptional learning and training in Auslan interpreting and education, addressing the ever-growing demand for professionals fluent in the primary language of Deaf Australians.

Our Auslan language education programs enable the wider community to be able to communicate with the Deaf community.

With your support, we can continue to train the next generation of Auslan interpreters and educators and in turn create a better and more inclusive community.

Thanks to your help, last year Deaf Services and the Deaf Society were able to provide increased services to the Deaf and hard of hearing community, including:

  • Responded to over 8,500 general information enquiries
  • Provided over 31,000 hours of support through Lifestyle Support Services
  • Hosted 156 group activities
  • 680 students completed accredited training in Auslan
  • Completed 121 translations projects and 444 translations videos
  • Gained 77 new Ageing Well clients
  • Delivered early intervention services to 343 Hear for Kids participants