EOI: Technical Reference Advisory Committee

Expression of Interest We are excited to announce an opportunity to become a member of NAATI’s Technical Reference Advisory Committee (TRAC). If you want to assist NAATI in the ongoing development of its translating and interpreting policies, have the necessary experience and expertise, then we would like to hear from you. The Technical Reference Advisory Committee is a key source of advice on technical translating and interpreting (T&I) matters. The role of the TRAC is to provide the NAATI Board and management team with independent advice on policy issues, and ensure NAATI has broad exposure to the wider T&I industry. […]

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Online Directory & Its Benefits

A tale of a happy interpreter (found using the Online Directory) about being recognised and appreciated professionally, and at the same time contributing to opening the door to Aussie manufacturers to new markets in non-English speaking countries Background METS Ignited is a Brisbane-based consultancy company working with Australian suppliers to the global mining industry, research organisations, and capital providers to maintain and improve the global competitiveness and productivity of the Australian mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector. AUSTMINE is the leading industry body for the Australian METS sector. Linkminers Peru is a Peruvian technology platform that seeks to generate […]

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Professional Interpreters and Vicarious Trauma: An Australian Perspective

A paper in the Qualitative Health Research Journal by Dr Miranda Lai and Dr Susie Costello. Abstract This qualitative study is conducted via focus groups with 47 Australian public service interpreters to investigate their responses to vicarious trauma (VT) in their practice, the influence of culture, and their views on how to maintain mental well-being. While participant interpreters employ various strategies to deal with traumatic client content and other work stressors, cultural inhibitors are found to prevent some from sharing their emotional vulnerability or seeking professional help. They indicated that they want to be treated with respect and as part […]

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Information for Candidates | August 2020

COVID-19 Information for Candidates NAATI has been conducting in-person Certified Provisional Interpreter (CPI) and Certified Interpreter (CI) testing in all states except Victoria since early July. Due to travel and movement restrictions in Melbourne, NAATI has developed an online version of the CPI and CI test which is available for spoken language candidates. Online testing in Melbourne will be the only option available to candidates until 31 October 2020. Candidates currently booked into a Melbourne test will be contacted directly by the local office to discuss the revised testing process and will be given the option to take the online test or […]

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New Perth Office!

The new Perth office is conveniently located at 49 Oxford Close in West Leederville, 230m from the Leederville train station on the Joondalup line (and across the road from our old office location). Offering 311 square metres of space and five dedicated test rooms, the Perth office is only the second NAATI dedicated test venue in the country. It utilises all our current knowledge regarding candidate requirements, test room acoustics, test day movements, and audio visual needs to improve candidate and employee experiences. The site has a dedicated waiting room and reception foyer, with separate secure office space from the […]

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NILR Highlights Importance of Translators & Interpreters

NAATI welcomes the release of the thirdNational Indigenous Languages Report The report emphasises the value of Indigenous language translators and interpreters in keeping languages strong and facilitating equitable service delivery.  These reports continue to provide invaluable information about the state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in Australia, and the work that is underway to maintain or bring back languages that are under threat or sleeping. Researchers have also examined the breadth of evidence regarding the cultural, social, and economic benefits of speaking language – benefits that have long been understood by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  The importance of this work is underscored […]

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COVIDSafe Business Resources

The Australian Government has created easy to understand COVIDSafe resources to help businesses promote a COVIDSafe environment. Many of these resources have been translated by SBS to support businesses that engage with customers and patrons who speak a language other than English. The resources cover practical information for businesses to use to inform their customers and patrons about: Capacity Distancing Hygiene Let businesses in your community know about these resources to help them and their customers stay safe. These resources are available as ready to use PDF’s and are translated into the following eleven languages. Find them all here or select the relevant […]

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Shouldering The Learning Burden

Enhancing Specialised Legal Vocabulary Training for Aboriginal Interpreters As first seen in AUSIT In Touch Magazine. Volume 27, Number 2, Winter 2019 Arriving on Mparntwe Country (Alice Springs) 22 years ago, Jodie Clarkson felt — in her own words — ‘a profound sense of arriving home to a place I’d only ever visited in my imagination’, and she has lived and worked there ever since. Working closely with Mparntwe Apmereke-artweye and Kwertengerle—Central Arrernte peoples with traditional responsibility for the lands on which Alice Springs is built—on the development of a face-to-face cultural interpretation program at the Alice Springs Desert Park, […]

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The Importance of Auslan Interpreters

With the recent bushfires and now COVID19, Auslan interpreters have been appearing on our screens more so than usual. It’s important all information is received by everyone and the deaf community aren’t left behind. Watch: The Importance Of Auslan Interpreters (The Project) Read: The Coronavirus Pandemic and Bushfire Emergency Have Thrust Auslan Interpreters into the Spotlight (ABC News) […]

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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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