COVID-19 Update: Online Testing Arrangements and Office Closures

As we move into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the incredible service of translators and interpreters in providing critical health information is reinforced daily.  NAATI remains dedicated to its vision for a connected community without language barriers and ensuring we can continue to provide services to our practitioners and candidates. With the dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases since December 2021, we have made the difficult decision to (yet again) move all our staff (except those based in Perth) back into remote working arrangements from Monday, 10 January 2022. Our physical offices will be closed until at least 31 […]

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Now available: NAATI test preparation modules

We are excited to have launched test preparation modules to help you on your journey towards sitting the Certified Provisional Interpreter (CPI) or Certified Translator (CT) test. The test preparation modules are available on our learning management system, NAATI Learn, and anyone can enrol. Register your details via the links below and start preparing now! CPI test preparation module Practice dialogues available in 30+ languages, with more languages to be added A built-in audio recorder allows you to record and download your own performance Self-assessment tools, including access to the test preparation workbook and a freshly developed self-review sheet to […]

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Continuous Improvement Program update

NAATI launched its Continuous Improvement Program (CIP) earlier this year and has undertaken a large analysis of the data collected through a candidate survey, an Examiner survey, Examiner workshops run since 2018, consultations with industry experts and the launch of a reliability study through a third party. Over the last six months, initial work has started on the improvement of some the CIP’s key focus areas, namely the Test Delivery and Examiner Training & Performance areas. Test Delivery The candidate survey NAATI conducted between January 2019 and February 2021 has provided insights into areas of improvements around pre-test information and […]

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Candidate Survey Results

NAATI surveyed all certification test candidates from late 2018 to January 2021 on their testing experience. Nearly half of our candidates responded, with most survey respondents being new to the translating and interpreting profession. Here are some results from the analysed data. NAATI has launched a Continuous Improvement Program to refine the Certification System, consulting stakeholders and reviewing the results of the candidate survey. We are looking at ways to further support candidates prior to their test session and to enhance their experience during the test. Some specific actions we have taken or are working on to improve Certified Provisional […]

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Inter-professional Education for Interpreting and Medical Students

TIS National and Monash University working together to provide inter-professional education for interpreting and medical students. Inter-professional education involves structured and simulated interaction that enables tomorrow’s interpreters and doctors to learn how to work with each other. The principle of inter-professional education (IPE) is that two or more groups of learners interact with each other in a regulated learning environment and enact simulated interactions similar to those that they are likely to encounter in the workplace. IPE has been around for more than 30 years in the health sciences, but it is now only in the last 10 years that […]

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NAATI System Upgrade – Payment Services Affected

To our valued practitioners and candidates, NAATI is implementing a major finance system upgrade to improve our ability to provide professional and secure transactions. The upgrade will commence at 5pm AEST on Thursday 24 June 2021 and be completed by 9am AEST on Thursday 1 July 2021. No payments or refunds can be processed while the upgrade is occurring. Any payments, including to select a test session, must be made before or after this time. All other services will be unaffected. If you have any concerns, please contact us at We apologise for any inconvenience. […]

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Addressing Regional Challenges in Interpreting

Tasmanian NAATI Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) Wanda Buza, Chair The difficulty of obtaining the service of credentialed interpreters in Australian regional, rural and remote communities has been a long standing and ongoing challenge, particularly in languages spoken by new and emerging communities, as many new arrivals are still mastering their own proficiency in the English language. While the Tasmanian Government’s Multicultural Language Service Guidelines for Tasmanian Government Agencies, require agencies to use the services of NAATI credentialed interpreters where possible in order to be confident of the skill and quality of interpreting, the guidelines of themselves cannot address problems of […]

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Update on NAATI’s Assessment Rubrics

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As part of its ongoing quality assurance and review processes, NAATI has recently updated the wording of some assessment rubric descriptors. These updates are to provide a clearer band descriptor to candidates that is more encompassing and representative of the given band level. These changes are an improvement to the wording of the band descriptors and do not alter NAATI’s assessment process for future or previously awarded results. Amendments include: Certified Translator – Revision of a Non-Specialised Translation task assessment rubric: updated wording of Band 3 descriptor for Skill A (Revision skills) Certified Translator – Translation of a Non-Specialised Text […]

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NAATI Welcomes New Directors

The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of three new Board members.  Dr Adolfo Gentile Brings significant expertise as a consultant, expert and researcher in the interpreting and translating field. Dr Gentile is widely known as an expert and has published extensively in the interpreting and translating field.  Mr Mark Avery Brings substantial senior executive experience across a wide range of sectors including community health, education and research, acute care (hospitals) and aged care in both private and public sector settings.  Ms Jovanka Naumoska Brings extensive experience as a legal […]

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