Sign Language Interpretation

Sign language interpretation is a core service run by DAS for our Deaf clients who depend on sign language to access information and help with communication. We have seven staff interpreters, of whom six are hearing and one is a Deaf interpreter. They are able to interpret in Singapore Sign Language (SgSL), Pidgin Sign English (PSE), Signing Exact English (SEE), or a combination of the above.

Our staff interpreters also have extensive interpreting experience in a diverse range of settings – at schools, law courts, corporate workshops, government functions among other places and events. All our interpreters follow a professional code of ethics, which includes appropriate conduct when on official duty and safeguarding clients’ privacy.

If our full-time interpreters are fully booked, we may also assign an interpreter from our pool of community interpreters.


Interpretation Service Rates

Below are the rates for interpretation services.

Service requested from Fee
per hour
Minimum hours
| Minimum Fee
Government Boards $30 2 hours | $60
Legal $30 2 hours | $60
NCSS $30 2 hours | $60
Corporates/Groups $30 2 hours | $60
Registered Client $10 3 hours | $30
Registry of Marriages $10 2 hours | $20
Syariah Court $30 2 hours | $60
State / Family Courts $30 2 hours | $60
Tourist $50 2 hours | $100
Unregistered Individual $30 2 hours | $60
Voluntary Welfare Organisations $20 2 hours | $40

Terms and Conditions for Interpretation Service

  1. Requests for interpretation services should be made on the standard form available for download here. Hard copies can be obtained from SADeaf
  2. Requestors shall be required to attach any relevant documents/materials in the submission of Application form. SADeaf shall reserve the right to reject applications without supporting documents/materials
  3. Requestors shall be advised to submit their requests at least seven days in advance. A levy of S$30.00 may be imposed for request given at short notice
  4. Requestors shall inform SADeaf on the preferred sign system and/or spoken language(s) used by the Deaf and/or Hearing clients(s) where possible
  5. Usage of interpretation service will be rounded up to the next whole hour for each assignment per day during billing
  6. Interpreters shall not be obliged to wait for more than an hour for the client upon arrival at the assigned location. If the client did not turn up, the minimum interpretation charge shall still be chargeable
  7. Cancellation of service shall be done at least one working day prior to the assignment
  8. If the interpretation service were cancelled in less than one working day in advance, but more than two hours before the appointed time, a levy of S$10.00 shall be imposed
  9. If the interpretation service were cancelled less than two hours before the appointed time, the minimum interpretation charge shall still be chargeable
  10. All requests shall be processed within three working days. However, the interpreter assigned shall be made known to the requestor only three days prior to the appointed date
  11. Invoice shall be mailed to the requestor upon completion of the interpretation service
  12. SADeaf may reasonably reject a request or withdraw an application with a written notice at least three working days prior to the appointed date
  13. SADeaf may reasonably alter or amend the Terms & Conditions and the interpretation charges at any time at its own discretion with prior notice upon receipt of request

Download a hardcopy of the interpreter service request form at