Relationships With Other Organisations

We work in partnership with several other organisations so that we are able to deliver the best possible services to our clients. Partnership working enables us to be cost-effective and at the same time we can share our knowledge and experience.

The other organisations we work in partnership with include Deaf sports and recreation organisations, religious organisations, consumer associations, peak bodies, professional associations, and other service providers.
Partner Organisations
The Deaf Society of NSW has entered into Memoranda of Understanding (MOU - partnership agreements) with several other organisations specifying how we can all work together to deliver a range of services, and to outline how information, knowledge and resources can be shared to benefit our communities. We have MOU agreements with the following organisations:

  • Deaf Australia NSW – click here for MOU
  • Ephpheta Centre - click here for MOU
  • Parents of Deaf Children (PODC) formerly Parent Council for Deaf Education (PCDE) - click here for MOU
  • ASLIA NSW - click here for MOU

Deaf Australia NSW

Deaf Australia (NSW) is the state branch of Deaf Australia (formerly known as the Australian Association of the Deaf, AAD) and is the peak consumer body for Deaf people in NSW. The work of DA (NSW) is to advocate for better services and access in the general community for Deaf people.

Ephpheta Centre

The Ephpheta Centre, the Catholic Centre for Deaf and Hearing Impaired People, provides the chaplaincy team for Deaf and hearing impaired people in the dioceses of Sydney, Broken Bay and Parramatta. The Centre also provides sacramental and pastoral care, counselling, support and advocacy services. Visitation is an important part of the Centre’s work.

Parents of Deaf Children (PODC)

formerly Parent Council for Deaf Education (PCDE)

PODC is a non-profit organisation, supporting families with babies, children and teenagers with hearing loss in NSW. The organisation offers a range of information, support and advocacy services for parents and carers, respecting the method or methods of communication that the family has chosen for their child.


ASLIA (Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association) National is the national professional body representing Australian Sign Language (Auslan) interpreters. The objectives of the state branch, ASLIA (NSW), are to:

  • Encourage professional solidarity of Auslan interpreters in New South Wales
  • Provide advice, continuing education and skills development for stakeholders
  • Strive for best practice in Auslan interpreting and for the rights of interpreters

ASLIA (NSW) is one of six state branches of ASLIA National and we provide them with in-kind support which includes offering office space, office equipment and assistance from staff.

Other Organisations We Work Closely With

Australian Federation of Deaf Societies

The Australian Federation of Deaf Societies (AFDS), established in 1966, is a peak body representing the interests of organisations providing services to the Australian Deaf community. We work in partnership with AFDS to deliver our interpreting services

Community Colleges Australia

Community Colleges Australia is a not-for-profit association formed for the advancement of adult and community education in NSW.
There are currently 59 Community Colleges across NSW which are providers of adult and community education, and which are members of Community Colleges Australia. Community Colleges NSW provides a network for its members as well as representing their interests to the government, community and corporate sectors.
As we are a Registered Training Organisation, we are members of Community Colleges Australia.

Fire & Rescue NSW

We are working in partnership with Aging, Disability and Home Care - Family and Community Services and Fire & Rescue NSW in the Smoke Alarm Subsidy Scheme (SASS) to provide subsidised vibrating and visual smoke alarms to deaf people.

Hume Community Housing Association

The Hume Community Housing Association aims to reduce housing stress in the Holroyd, Fairfield, and Liverpool local government areas and the northern part of the Campbelltown local government area. They do this by providing support and affordable well managed housing to people who are either homeless or who have financial problems with renting a private home.


We work with IBM to provide Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and on-site interpreting services for IBM employees.

Mullauna Village

Mullauna Village is a Uniting Church aged care facility including a hostel and independent living units in Blacktown. Assisted care is provided to those who are frail or who have a physical disability or difficulty in managing living skills.
Lonsdale House, the Deaf Society Hostel for aged Deaf people in Stanmore closed in March 1995 and residents moved to Mullauna Lodge, now Mullauna Village.
We liaise regularly with the Hostel Manager and staff working with their Deaf residents. Community Workers help residents do their shopping every two weeks and also help them with their other appointments such as visiting the doctor or the dentist.
Every year we meet with Deaf residents to see how they are getting on and to assess their satisfaction with their living arrangements With this information, we are able to provide feedback to management of the Village.

National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters

The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) is the national standards, advisory and accreditation body for the Translation and Interpreting profession in Australia. When new Auslan Interpreters wish to become accredited, they need to pass a stringent testing process overseen by NAATI. We employ Auslan/English interpreters who have obtained NAATI accreditation.

Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) is Australia's oldest and largest independent provider of special education services. RIDBC provides a wide range of innovative educational services to children who are deaf, blind or deafblind, including those with additional disabilities.

UNSW Australia-Pacific Tsunami Research Centre and Natural Hazards Research Laboratory, NSW State Emergency Service (SES), NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire & Rescue NSW (November 2011 – 2013)

We are partnering with these organisations on a two year project sponsored by the NSW State Government which aims to:

  1. Increase the resilience of the Deaf Community by improving their access to information on natural hazards and the most effective ways to respond in an emergency event;
  2. Identify and increase the resources emergency services need to effectively support and assist the Deaf Community before, during, and after an emergency.

WestWood Spice

We are working in partnership with the Australian Federation of Deaf Societies (AFDS), the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and WestWood Spice, in employing several project staff to provide community outreach activities for the National Relay Service.

We greatly appreciate the support of government agencies and funding bodies which enable us to deliver our programs and services.  You can find a list our externally funded projects and services on our Funding Sources page.