• Thursday, 16 & Friday, 17 March
    Thursday, 16 March, 2017 - Friday, 17 March, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE17ALNA

Course Information

The tool is standardised on children between the ages of 4 and 11 years. The results of the testing will provide detailed information to Teachers to inform their individual planning for students in their class to ensure that they are providing the appropriate adjustments for the student.
All attendees must be fluent in Auslan. Part of the requirements to ensure an appropriate level of language of someone teaching and assessing Auslan skills is that the course is presented in Auslan without an interpreter.
Following the two training days, trainees are required to complete two full assessments. One will be a video provided to the trainee. The other will be a child the trainee films and assesses in full. These assessment sheets will be marked against strict criteria for a pass (80% accurate), or resubmit score. Timing of results will depend on availability of Dr Louise de Beuzeville for marking.


  • Dr Louise de Beuzeville
    Lou has worked as a linguist and a teacher for the deaf for over 20 years. Her research focussed on the acquisition of Auslan by young deaf children from deaf families, and the use of space in Auslan by deaf native-signing adults. After a decade in academia she remembered she loves being in a school setting and returned to the RIDBC Thomas Pattison School where she has loved teaching the youngest class, while also keeping her finger in many pies, such as being one of the curriculum writers for the ACARA Auslan national curriculum. In 2017-2018, Lou is in a mixed role as a Teacher of the Deaf and an Educational Researcher working on an online Auslan assessment tool. Lou is passionate about evidence-based best practice, disseminating research to classroom teachers and school settings. She is particularly interested in young children’s development of language and number concepts, and in effectively targeting, explicitly teaching and validly assessing goals.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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