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NEWS AND EVENTS

CHANGE TO HAZARAGI PARAPROFESSIONAL INTERPRETER ACCREDITATION TESTING

NAATI has decided that Hazaragi Paraprofessional Interpreter accreditation testing will move to quarterly test sessions on pre-scheduled dates (see the Accreditation by Testing booklet for the dates and other information about the testing). This is the same model currently used for Mandarin and Vietnamese Paraprofessional Interpreter accreditation 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 lodge your application as early as possible. Should NAATI not be able to offer you a test in your nominated testing location we will notify you as soon as possible 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 possible 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

UPCOMING EVENTS

New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI) Conference June 27-28 2015 (Wellington, NZ). For more information please see http://nzsti-conference.org/

InDialog Novermber 20-21 2015 (Berlin): This year’s overall theme will be Community Interpreting in Dialogue with Technology - As technology is becoming more and more evident in community interpreting today, it is time to examine its impact, opportunities and limitations in research, training and practice in the field. CLICK HERE for the Call for Proposals.

FRAUD WARNING

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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR NAATI EXAMINER PANELS

For information and the form CLICK HERE

IMPROVEMENTS TO NAATI TESTING PROJECT (INT) UPDATE FEBRUARY 2015

The first INT Project Trainers Symposium was hosted on 3 February 2015 in Canberra. The aim of the INT Symposium was to bring together a range of experts from a key stakeholder group; educators who prepare translators and interpreters to practise in Australia. For more information please CLICK HERE.

Further information on the INT Project CLICK HERE

PRACTITIONER'S DIRECTORY RENEWAL REMINDER

Renewal emails have been sent to Practitioners listed on the NAATI website with information regarding their renewal process. The cost to be registered for one year is $60.00 and will be active from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

GOVERNMENT POLICY ON USE OF INTERPRETERS UNCHANGED BY OMBUDSMAN

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.

CHINESE, MANDARIN AND VIETNAMESE ACCREDITATION TESTING

NAATI conducts testing for Chinese Professional Translator accreditation, Mandarin Paraprofessional accreditation and Vietnamese 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.