Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, has confirmed that the Translating and Interpreting Sector Roundtable Discussion (National Roundtable) will be held on 28 November at Parliament House, Canberra.
More details will be posted when available. For the article in the September edition of NAATI News CLICK HERE.
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The NZSTI 2015 Conference in Wellington is themed ‘Conflict and Communication’. The closing date for submissions is 28 February 2015. CLICK HERE for more info.
RMIT Translating and Interpreting - The role of Translators and Interpreters in Social Inclusion Symposium. For more information CLICK HERE.
The NAATI offices will close for two weeks over the Christmas/New Year period. All offices will close COB on Friday 19th December and re-open on Monday 5th January 2015.
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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 email@example.com by close of business 28 April 2014.
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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.