The Age 23 May 2012
The only Victorian TAFE to offer sign language diplomas will stop teaching the course because of state government funding cuts. Kangan Institute told students this week its Australian Sign Language (Auslan) course was ”unviable” and would close by the end of the year. In a statement the TAFE said it would cease enrolling new students. Kangan told students:
Kangan Institute is very proud of the role its Auslan staff and programs have played over many years in serving the needs of the deaf community and understands the distress caused by what appears to be unplanned outcomes resulting from measures in the state budget.
But a spokesman for Tertiary Education Minister Peter Hall said the government will offer subsidies to the Deaf Society of NSW so that it can offer Auslan training inVictoria. The spokesman conceded funding for diplomas had been cut, but the government had hoped Kangan would continue to offer Auslan despite the reduced funding.
The government is disappointed that Kangan Institute has chosen to withdraw delivery of these courses. However we are confident that training in Auslan will continue.