All NAATI offices will be closed for the holiday period commencing Monday 23 December 2013 and will re-open on Monday 6 January 2014. Please refer to state office listings for opening hours of each office.
NAATI wishes everyone a safe and happy festive season.
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 February 2014.
For a copy of the previous published Improvements to NAATI Testing Project Report CLICK HERE.
Further information on the INT Project CLICK HERE
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.
CLICK HERE for more information.
NAATI has become aware of further questionable approaches to NAATI-accredited translators which may be related to their listing in the NAATI directory. This appears to be very similar to a scam that NAATI notified practitioners about in the April-June 2011 and 2012 issues of the NAATI News.
As with the previous scam, it appears that once the translator agrees to take the job they are sent a money order for more money than agreed for the assignment. The client claims that this is an error on their part and then asks to be refunded the overpayment.
The original payment to the translator will not be cleared by the bank, even though it from statements it appears it has cleared, when the translator is asked to refund the overpayment. It appears that it can take some time for the bank to advise the translator that the funds have not cleared and this can result in the translator having already refunded money they have not actually received.
NAATI strongly urges practitioners to take great care.
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 not accepted after COB 5 March 2014
NSW – Sydney (1 and 8 March 2014) – Applications not accepted after COB 1 February 2014
VIC – Melbourne (15 and 22 February and 1 March 2014) – Applications not accepted after COB 24 January 2014
SA – Adelaide (8, 15 and 22 February 2014) – Applications not accepted after COB 17 January 2014
WA – Perth (21 and 28 February 2014) – Applications not accepted after COB 31 January 2014
QLD – Brisbane (15 February and 1 March 2014) – Applications not accepted after 11 January 2014
TAS – Hobart (15 and 16 February 2014) – Applications not accepted after 28 January 2014