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Indigenous Interpreting Project (IIP)

National Indigenous Languages Interpreting Advisory Committee (NILIAC)

NAATI receives funding for the Indigenous Interpreting Project (IIP) under the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS). To help us meet the objectives of the project, NAATI established the National Indigenous Languages Interpreting Advisory Committee (NILIAC) in 2016.

The Committee’s purpose is to provide advice to NAATI on issues relating to Indigenous interpreting, and to provide communication channels between NAATI and Indigenous communities that support the funding outcome to improve the supply of and demand for qualified Indigenous interpreters in direct, relevant and practical ways.

Expressions of Interest to join the  2019 - 2022 NILIAC have now closed.

Specifically, the NILIAC:

  • promotes co-ordination and identifies opportunities for collaboration within the Indigenous interpreting sector
  • brings together key Indigenous interpreting stakeholders to foster communication, exchange of ideas and information about regional initiatives
  • identifies priority Indigenous languages for interpreter training, testing and certification
  • provides advice about specific interpreting needs at national, state/territory and regional levels
  • facilitates the exchange of information among networks of practitioners, educators, industry, government and other stakeholders, including technological developments to support improved service delivery
  • assists NAATI in promoting the NAATI certification system and the value of the appropriate use of certified practitioners.

The NILIAC meets two to four times per year, including one face-to-face meeting. Meetings are convened by NAATI. The committee is made up of 7-10 people and is an advisory body.

It has no executive powers, supervisory functions or corporate decision-making authority on behalf of NAATI.