About Deaf Sports Australia

Deaf Sports Australia (DSA) was established in 1954 as the peak body for deaf sports in Australia. DSA assists Australians who are deaf and hard of hearing to participate in sport at all levels and compete at designated national and international events including Australian Deaf Games, Asia Pacific Deaf Games, and the Deaflympic Games through partnerships with governments, businesses, sporting bodies and the community.

DSA also provides a central reference point for providing advice on accessibility in sports as well as an education and mentoring program. In addition, DSA aims to provide a mechanism for communication between all stakeholders. A key plank of developing opportunities is the DSA Active Deaf Kids program which runs come and try days throughout Australia in conjunction with schools, education departments, National Sporting Organisations and the Active After Schools program. The Australian Sports Commission financially supports the program which educates and supports teachers and parents on the healthy benefits of participating in sport.

DSA is a company limited by guarantee. Its members are National Sports Organisations (NSO), National Deaf Sports Committees (NDSC) and State Deaf Sports Committees (SDSC) who are responsible for the development and promotion of sports for deaf and hard of hearing people.

DSA is a non-profit organisation, is a registered Public Benevolent Institution and has tax deductible gift recipient status.

DSA is governed by a Board of Directors which includes elected and appointed members. The DSA Board sets the strategic direction and oversees the implementation of policies.

The General Manager, supported by staff, manages the DSA business and implementation  of the strategic direction and policies as set out by the Board. The General Manager reports to the Board via the President.


To facilitate and support the participation of deaf and hard of hearing Australians in all levels of sport


Building and strengthening opportunities for all


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