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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NAATI Launches Chatbot

We have recently launched the NAATI chatbot, which we hope will be able to help you with any basic enquiries you might have. We encourage you to give the bot a try. If it is unable to answer your question, it will ask for your email address and a ticket will be created. Our customer service team will respond to your ticket when we are back in the office. You can access the bot by clicking on the green icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. We appreciate your feedback on the usefulness of the answer you receive, […]

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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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Message from the Chair

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Despite easing restrictions across Australia and the globe, we are still living in challenging times.  The continuing impact of COVID-19 on our services, and our staff, has necessitated new ways of thinking about how we do business and how we continue to operate effectively in this new reality.  And, most importantly, how we support T&I professionals.  With that in mind, I am pleased to announce that the NAATI Board has agreed to some fundamental short-term changes to assist T&I practitioners.  For the period 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2021, the following changes will apply:  50 percent reduction in recertification […]

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Message from the Board

NAATI Chair Voula Messimeri AM with an important message regarding COVID-19 In the current and difficult global circumstances, NAATI remains dedicated to its vision for a connected community without language barriers. The impact of COVID-19 means that it is not quite business-as-usual for our organisation as we move our staff into remote working arrangements as of Monday, 30 March 2020. Employee wellbeing and business continuity remain high priorities for us as we navigate through this challenging global event. Whilst our physical offices will now be closed until at least the end of  June 2020, I want to assure you that our […]

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Introducing Certified Provisional Deaf Interpreter

As part of our new certification system NAATI has introduced a Certified Provisional Deaf Interpreter test. The first round of testing was held in Melbourne and Perth in November 2019. A total of nineteen candidates participated in this first test round. The test was developed through consultation with members of the Deaf community including Deaf interpreters, Auslan interpreters and students enrolled in Diploma of Interpreting studies. NAATI acknowledges that many members of the Deaf community have been waiting many years for this opportunity and we wish to thank members of the Deaf and Auslan interpreting communities in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, […]

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