Victorian Council of Deaf People is a non profit organisation that provides information and referrals about deaf and deafness issues. VCOD receives funding from Victorian Government’s Department of Human Services.
VCOD aims to inform members of Deaf community and to wider community on range of information and or issues relating to deafness to raise awareness and to gain appreciation of deafness.

This can be achieved through:

  • E-news
  • Newsletter
  • Website
  • Enquiry Deaf Deaf World Workshops
  • Events
  • Presentations / workshops
  • Promotions

Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the language used by the Deaf community of Australia . It is a visual language with hand shapes and movements along with facial expressions.
More information will be provided shortly

Recognition of Auslan
  • Auslan was recognised officially as a language by the Australian Federal Government in 1987, as a community language.
  • Auslan is recognised in the Victorian Government Language Services Policy and the DHS Language Services Policy as a community language


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National Week of Deaf People

National Week of Deaf People is celebrated in october every year. it is where the Deaf Community comes to celebrate their language, history and community.

The theme for 2009 was "Year of Reconciliation: Bringing us all Together"

More information about the history of National Week of Deaf People can be found here

World Federation of the Deaf

The World Federation of the Deaf was established in 1951 in Rome, Italy. WFD is an international, non-governmental central organisation of national associations of Deaf people, with a current membership of associations in 127 countries worldwide. Associate members, international members and individual members also make up WFD’s membership base. Deaf Australia is the Australian member of the WFD.

Looking for Volunteers

VCOD is looking for volunteers and to contact VCOD office if interested.

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