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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COVID-19 – Information for Candidates

All NAATI face to face testing has been postponed until further notice. Online testing will soon be introduced for some test types, and eligible candidates will be contacted directly to change their current test session. As most people would be aware, there are increasing restrictions on businesses and travel due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), which is having severe impacts around the world. We appreciate that many of our candidates rely on our testing for their professional livelihood or migration. However, it is with great regret that we have had to suspend all face to face testing to ensure the health and […]

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NAATI Offices

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Due to current COVID-19 restrictions and to protect the safety of our candidates, practitioners and staff, all NAATI offices are closed to the public until further notice. We are still operating, and you can get in touch with us at […]

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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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NAATI Part-Time Directors

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NAATI is seeking to fill several Board positions during 2020.  Expressions of interest are invited from persons wishing to be considered for appointment to the Board (3 year term). Successful applicants will need to demonstrate knowledge of a Board Director’s responsibilities including senior level experience in corporate governance, strategic planning and leadership, commercial and/or international business, academia, government, community organisation and/or a regulatory environment. Expressions of interest may only be submitted to Jeff Kelly at Ford Kelly Executive Connection who will be managing the process. The first step in applying, is to obtain an information pack, which is available by […]

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New Multi-lingual Anatomy App: Rumbalpuy Dhäwu

Yow bukmak! (Hi everyone!) Ŋäku dhäwu mala rumbalpuy Yolŋukurr! (Listen to stories of the body in Yolŋu-matha!) ARDS is pleased to announce that ARDS Aboriginal Corporation’s new multi-lingual anatomy app, Rumbalpuy Dhäwu, is now available for download at your favorite app store. (Search for “Rumbalpuy Dhawu” at Google Play or the App Store). Covering four different languages; Dhuwal (Djambarrpuyŋu), Dhaŋu (Gälpu), Dhuwala (Gumatj) and Plain English, the Rumbalpuy Dhäwu Dictionary of Anatomy app features: Over 200 entries Audio recordings in three languages: Dhuwal, Dhuwala and Dhaŋu Text definitions in Plain English, Dhuwal, Dhuwala and Dhaŋu Over 140 pictures Password-protected men’s […]

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Success in the Torres Strait

The stunning Thursday Island in the Torres Strait provided an amazing setting for the first Community Language Aide (CLA) assessments in an Indigenous language. This July, NAATI travelled to the Torres Strait to test 10 Border Movement Officers, who work for the Department of Home Affairs throughout the area, in Yumplatok which they use in their daily interactions and duties. The purpose of the CLA assessment is to allow candidates to demonstrate their ability to interact in a language other than English and successfully perform a range of customer service tasks, similar to those that they would undertake in their […]

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Interpreters Working in Court Settings

Recommended Standards October 2017 saw the launch of the Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals, published by the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity (JCCD). The JCCD Working Group, a specialist committee appointed by the Council, have just released the Addendum to the National Standards, which explains the NAATI certification model, and includes a quick reference for court officials to refer to when engaging interpreters. NAATI CEO, Mark Painting, is member of the JCCD working group. The Addendum is available on the JCCD website in the publications section. Read more about the Recommended National Standards. For […]

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Australian Indigenous Languages

Austlang Codeathon Help improve Australian Indigenous language descriptions in library collections Indigenous Language lovers and data nerds. Here’s fabulous opportunity to help in the quest to preserve and revive Australian Indigenous languages.    The National Library, AIATSIS, Trove, Libraries Australia and the State and Territory libraries are collaborating on a national codeathon during NAIDOC Week (7-14 July).  The aim is to encourage both librarians and anyone else to add Austlang codes to language material. How can I get involved? It’s easy to get involved. You can add Austlang codes in your library system, Libraries Australia cataloguing client, or tag the […]

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Critical Link International Conference, Tokyo

Industry Update: NAATI CEO Mark Painting, and two members of the NAATI staff, Nora Sautter and Maho Fukuno, recently travelled to Japan to attend the Critical Link International 9 Conference in Tokyo. The conference was held over three days from 14 – 16 July 2019. This international conference was attended by 161 participants from 17 countries. Among them, eleven delegates were from Australia. Community interpreting is a vital service for communities with groups of ethnic minorities. Accessing quality community interpreting enables people to connect with services where, due to the language barrier, this would otherwise be difficult. The conference theme, Community […]

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