The Central Auslan Booking Service (CABS) was established in June of 2006 with funding provided by Skills Victoria (then the Office of Training and Tertiary Education). Its purpose is to provide a central booking point for Disability Liaison Officers (DLOs) who require the services of an Auslan/English interpreter. Additionally, CABS acts as a resource and point of reference for DLOs, TAFE teachers and interpreters providing information, support and advice on both a systemic level through such activities as professional development opportunities and the production of resources as well as on an ad hoc level, upon request.
The CABS booking system is operated via an online program that allows DLOs to enter their requirements for interpreters as well as allowing interpreters to view and express interest in work that is available. Currently there is no fee charged to TAFE DLOs requesting interpreters.
Once an interpreter is assigned to a booking, the DLO for the particular institute will then take responsibility for the ongoing arrangement of payment to the interpreter and the interpreter is employed under the conditions of that particular institute. Employment arrangements and conditions vary from institute to institute. It is vital that interpreters familiarise themselves with the conditions, policies and procedures of each institute for whom they are employed.
CABS prides itself on the provision of a quality and responsive service that supports both DLOs and interpreters to ensure that students who are Deaf Auslan users receive appropriate interpreting support to enable them to have access to their chosen courses.