ASLIA was established in April 1991 and was initially known as the Association of Australian Sign Language Interpreters (AASLI). State Associations were developed prior to the creation of ASLIA.
ASLIA’s vision is to seek to lead and promote best practice in sign language interpreting across Australia. To achieve this, ASLIA provides policies and a platform for the views of sign language interpreters throughout the nation on a variety of issues, including: training, on-going professional development, recruitment, working conditions, remuneration, and the provision of services within the sign language interpreting sector. In addition, ASLIA is a member the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) and one key aspect of this membership is to support sign language interpreting practitioners in developing countries within the Australasian & Oceania region.