Indigenous Interpreting Project (IIP)

A female interpreter attending a workshop, gesturing as she is speakingSince 2012 NAATI has been working with the Australian Government and the Northern Territory Aboriginal Interpreter Service (NTAIS) to increase the number of certified Indigenous language interpreters.

If you speak an Indigenous language and want to learn more about becoming an interpreter please email info@naati.com.au. The links below contain resources for people interested in learning more.

Advisory Committee

People with expertise in Indigenous Language interpreting, interpreting training, education and/or service provision for Indigenous communities across Australia are invited to serve on the National Indigenous Languages Interpreting Advisory Committee or NILIAC from July 2019. 

Find out about serving on the Advisory Committee

Who are our partners?  

From 2015 to 2017 NAATI has been funded by the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C) through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) to continue this important work (More information here). 

NAATI works collaboratively with a range of organisations to deliver the IIP including the Aboriginal Interpreting WA (AIWA), NTAIS, the Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre (WMPALC), TafeSA and others.

Click here to read our IIP Detailed Project Overview.

The NAATI Indigenous Interpreting Project (IIP) has three objectives:

  • To increase the number of certified Indigenous interpreters and examiners
  • To increase the range of Indigenous languages for which there are accredited Indigenous interpreters
  • To increase the accessibility of interpreting resources for Indigenous interpreters and organisations

Our current project work includes:

  • Maintaining current and developing new language test materials
  • Convening test training workshops for Indigenous language speakers
  • Conducting NAATI interpreter tests
  • Supporting the development of online training resources for Indigenous language interpreters
  • Convening examiner workshops for Indigenous language examiner panels