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Indigenous Interpreting Project (IIP)

A female interpreter attending a workshop, gesturing as she is speakingNAATI receives funding for the Indigenous Interpreting Project (IIP) under the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS). The Project aims to increase the number of certified Indigenous interpreters in Australia, focusing on priority regions. 

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.

Who are our partners?  

NAATI works collaboratively with Indigenous organisations across Australia, including interpreting services and language centres. We engage certified Indigenous interpreters and translators to mark exams, help create training and testing materials, and act as mentors for Indigenous interpreting candidates. Currently, there are 170 NAATI-certified Indigenous interpreters and/or translators practising in 37 Indigenous languages across Australia.

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

To help us meet the objectives of the Indigenous Interpreting Project, NAATI established the National Indigenous Languages Interpreting Advisory Committee (NILIAC).