1. Encourage professional solidarity of signed language interpreters in NSW.
  2. Strive for best practice in signed language interpreting by providing professional support and development to stakeholders.
  3. Advocate for the rights of interpreters.



In 1983, the Deaf Society of NSW decided to form an interpreters organisation called the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). The name was then changed to the Interpreter's Forum and in 1986 it became a separate entity. Further name changes in 1989 and 1991 saw the name become the Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association (ASLIA) in 1992. In 2003, we became an incorporated body and launched our website.

Originally named The St Jerome Awards, after the patron of Interpreters and Translators, the renamed ASLIA National Interpreter of the Year Awards have been running since 2006. Held in conjunction with Deaf Australia (NSW) and their Deaf Community Awards, the event has become a highlight of the annual social calendar. This is just one of the many times throughout the year that we collaborate with other organisations in the Deaf community to meet a common goal.



Click here to see our Association Rules.