NAATI met with national groups AUSIT, ASLIA and Professionals Australia for the first round of discussions regarding plans to transition to the new NAATI certification scheme. To view the communique from the first transition Roundtable meeting please CLICK HERE.
The first International Conference on Community Translating (ICCT) will be held in Sydney in September this year. Government departments and agencies have been publishing material in languages other than English for decades but such community translating has been little studied or discussed. ICCT will bring together leading international and local researchers, departments and practitioners to explore this field. By attending this conference, accredited translators and interpreters will be able to claim 60 professional development points for NAATI Revalidation. To view more information please CLICK HERE.
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NAATI has considered the feedback received in its national consultations earlier this year. It thanks all contributors and all participants in the many meetings around the country.
The consultation feedback has been considered and taken into account in the INT Project Discussion Paper: November 2013. The Paper shows NAATI has revised the timetable for decisions about the INT project to allow for additional consultation and further examination of the options. NAATI expects that decisions will be taken about the proposed INT Project changes by mid 2014. The Discussion Paper provides NAATI’s current thinking on how the national certification system for translators and interpreters might be changed, subject to the availability of resources.
NAATI invites interested parties to send their feedback on the Discussion Paper to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business 28 April 2014.
For a copy of the previous published Improvements to NAATI Testing Project Report CLICK HERE.
Further information on the INT Project CLICK HERE
Interpreters with work experience in conference interpreting will be able to apply for NAATI Conference Interpreter Accreditation through a new Advanced Standing pathway from 31 March 2014. To obtain more information about the new pathway or to make an application, please refer to the Information Booklet for Accreditation by Overseas Qualification, Professional Association Membership or Advanced Standing and the Application for Accreditation by Overseas Qualification, Professional Association Membership or Advanced Standing.
NAATI announced the creation of new Deaf Interpreter credentials at the ASLIA National Conference in Sydney on 19 October 2013. For more information about the NAATI DI Recognition process and the application form please CLICK HERE.
NAATI has written to everyone registered on the national system to advise that over the next few weeks NAATI will automate how it verifies for enquirers the status of credentials awarded by NAATI. There will soon be a new Online Verification facility that will enable enquirers to confirm credentials online instantly.
Practitioners have been assured the information which can be verified will not change and only the technology used to provide that service will change.
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NAATI welcomes the finding by the Commonwealth Ombudsman that the Australian Government's policy of giving preference to NAATI credentials should remain unchanged.
The Ombudsman's Office has advised the Department of Immigration and Citizenship that the Ombudsman does not consider the policy of government agencies preferring NAATI credentialed interpreters to be unreasonable and accordingly has not asked it be changed.
NAATI sought clarification from the Ombudsman's Office following questions from stakeholders, concerned the policy might be changed following a recent complaint to the Ombudsman about the policy, as expressed in the Department's Multicultural Language Services Guidelines.
The Ombudsman's Office has advised the Department that, although it does not think the policy is unreasonable, it considers that additional information could be provided to other departments and agencies in support of the policy.
The Ombudsman's Office also commented that NAATI appears committed to improving its credentialing model, having initiated the Improvements to NAATI Testing report, of which the Ombudsman has been asked to be kept informed of progress.
NAATI conducts testing for Chinese Professional Translator accreditation and Mandarin Paraprofessional accreditation quarterly on pre - scheduled dates (see the Accreditation by Testing booklet for the dates and other information about the testing).
There are limited places available in all States for each session. The maximum numbers vary depending on the location you wish to sit the test. To avoid the disappointment of not being able to be tested in your preferred session and location you should make your application as early as you are able to. Should NAATI not be able to offer you a test in your nominated testing location we will notify you as soon as we are able to and you may be given the option of another testing location or being assigned to the next available session.
NAATI will issue results for these tests as quickly as we are able to but it may take ten weeks or more. Once we have processed your application and determined when you can be tested, we will send confirmation of the arrangements for your test in writing.
The New Interpreters Project will continue to be run for the 2013-14 year. Workshops will be offered in most capital cities. Places are strictly limited, please contact your state office for full details. Requests to participate will not be accepted unless all relevant paperwork is completed in full and all required documentation is attached.
ACT – Canberra (5 and 6 April 2014) – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
NSW – Sydney (1 and 8 March 2014) – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
VIC – Melbourne (15 and 22 February and 1 March 2014) – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
SA – Adelaide (8, 15 and 22 February 2014) – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
WA – Perth (21 and 28 February 2014) – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
QLD – Brisbane (15 February and 1 March 2014) – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED
TAS – Hobart (15 and 16 February 2014) – APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED