Educational Interpreter Project

In 2019, VDEI completed an action research project in partnership with the Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association (ASLIA) Victoria that identified key workforce initiatives required to support and upskill the Educational Interpreter workforce in Victoria. Educational interpreters are specialised education support staff working in primary and secondary settings who provide deaf and hard of hearing students with access to the learning environment in Auslan and English.

Based on the findings of this project, VDEI has developed the Professional Standards for Educational Interpreters , a framework that identifies the standards, knowledge and competencies required by educational interpreters working in Primary and Secondary schools.

Associated initiatives to support the educational interpreter workforce include on-demand learning modules, a mentoring program an online virtual community and working with the training sector to increase the number of Educational Interpreters.  

VDEI has also developed the Educational Interpreter Virtual Hub , an online community of practice for educational interpreters.

If your school would like to know more about the Standards, or the work VDEI is doing to support the interpreter workforce, our Project Officer is available to visit your school. Information about the Standards, how to implement them and training is available onsite.

To make contact with our Project Officer or to find out more about this project, please email