The 2024 Australian Deaf Games set to make an impact

The recent postponement of the 2022 Australian Deaf Games has a positive spin as the 2024 Games is pleased to announce it will now incorporate our Pacific Islands friends as we formally include the “Oceania Deaf Games” as part of our new rotating Games program.

With an even bigger runway to the event, the region is thrilled to welcome athletes from all over Australia and the Pacific in January of 2024.

With the new dates confirmed as 13 – 20 January 2024, registrations are once again open for all Deaf and hard of hearing athletes and the organisation encourage everyone to start planning.

Phil Harper, General Manager of Deaf Sports Australia said, “whilst the postponement due to the Covid-19 pandemic was a tough decision to make, the 2024 Australian Deaf Games incorporating the Oceania Games games will provide a fantastic competition and experience for all, an event not to be missed”

Not only does this new announcement bring much excitement to the Games, but it will also mark the iconic milestone celebrating 60 years of the Deaf Games. The Australian Deaf Games started in 1964 and they are the pinnacle of Deaf sporting events in Australia.

Deaf Sports Australia Chair Kathryn Armfield said “ The Australian Deaf Games is one of the oldest ongoing deaf sporting event in the world and to celebrate the 60th anniversary at a time when athletes are so eager to get out and compete is wonderful.”

“The future of Deaf Sports looks stronger everyday with the inclusion of new sports and fantastic opportunities like the upcoming 2024 Games where the community can be showcased and celebrated on an international stage.”

The 2024 Australian Deaf Games is being centred in the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, utilising the many world-class sporting venues situated within the surrounding beaches, mountains, and lake.

The Games Organising Committee has and is continuing to discuss plans and work with both Councils to ensure they deliver the best Games ever, utilizing the excellent sporting venues and facilities that both Lake Macquarie and Newcastle have to offer.

Co-Chairs of the Games Organising Committee, Kate Matairavula and Todd Wright are treating the postponement as a fantastic planning opportunity. “We are proud of our culture; our arts and we love our special events in the Deaf community. We now have the opportunity of welcoming a wider range of athletes and are excited to further develop a fantastic sports and social program for all.”

Newcastle and Lake Macquarie is the “must be at” event for the Oceania’s Deaf and hard of hearing community in 2024, providing a unique opportunity for everyone within and connected with the community to network, meet new people, celebrate with friends and colleagues, compete, and be inspired.

The 2024 Australian Deaf Games is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

For more information about the 2024 Australian Deaf Games, please email your enquiry to or visit the website:


Media contacts

Lauren Townsend
Media and Communications Liaison Officer
Deaf Sports Australia
0432 066 586

Garry West-Bail
Project Manager
Australian Deaf Games
0419 641 645