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  • Online Training modules for Interpreter Core Competencies

    The Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Zed Seselja, announced an additional funding grant of $150,000 for National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) to develop a new online training course for basic competencies for interpreters.

    Senator Zed Seselja stands behind a podium speaking and with an Auslan Interpreter. A NAATI promotional banner is in the background.The Minister said that he was aware of concerns about a deficit of suitably trained interpreters in specialised areas such as family violence services. He said that the intention was that the grant would go towards to addressing shortages of credentialed interpreters for new migrant and refugee groups, where there is a specific need.

    “This is a first of its kind and is specifically designed to help meet shortages of credentialed interpreters in new and emerging languages,” Senator Seselja said.

    Australia has seen steady growth in the demand for translating and interpreting services as the population diversity has increased over the years. The 2016 Census has recorded that more than a quarter of Australia’s population were born overseas.

    Being online, the service “will be of particular benefit for people in regional, rural and remote areas where shortages are greatest and people don’t have the same access,” the Senator remarked.

    “NAATI’s contribution to ensuring standards have developed considerably over the past 40 years and continues to command respect from the community and Australian governments alike,” Senator Seselja said.

    NAATI CEO, Mark Painting said that NAATI will work in collaboration with TAFE SA and RMIT University to develop this online opportunity.

    NAATI selected the two education institutions, based on their proven performance in delivering VET interpreter training.

    “Both institutions are highly respected in the sector and well supported by their respective State governments.” Mr Painting said. 

    The aim is to deliver four (VET) units under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).  Selecting the units from the AQF will ensure students have the potential for credit transfer to other VET programs.

    The four units are:

    PSPTIS001        Apply codes and standards to ethical practice
    PSPTIS003        Prepare to translate and interpret
    PSPTIS002        Build glossaries for translating and interpreting assignments
    PSPTIS042        Manage discourses in general settings

    Three of the four units are also relevant to translating. 

    Mr Painting said that “NAATI is realistic that this alone will not solve many of the challenges facing the interpreting and translating sector in Australia but it is very significant step. Enabling applicants to have universal access to training, irrespective of location or language, will ensure they meet a minimum formal training requirement, as a prerequisite for entry into the sector.”

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  • Introducing the Technical Reference Advisory Committee

    The NAATI Board of Directors has recently approved the establishment of the Technical Reference Advisory Committee (TRAC) to provide advice on a range of industry policy issues and to support NAATI in managing some of the most significant changes in its 40-year history. After conducting a competitive and highly successful application process, NAATI is pleased to announce the appointment of ten members to the TRAC.

    In announcing the TRAC appointees, Chair of the NAATI Board Kerry Stubbs said, “this was an extremely competitive process and the standard of applicants was very high which is a good indication of the extent of engagement and I thank all applicants for their interest. The Board is very happy with the overall composition and has no doubt it will provide excellent support to the Board and management”.

    The Committee will be chaired by Associate Professor Ludmila Stern who recently finished a six-year term as a Director on the NAATI Board. Ms Stubbs added that “having an immediate past Director as Chair will ensure strategic alignment of the TRAC with the Board’s direction. Ludmila is aware of the issues and priorities facing NAATI and therefore where the TRAC can add the most value”.

    The members of the TRAC include:

    • Associate Professor Ludmila Stern (Chair)
    • Ms Tea Dietterich
    • Mr Adolfo Gentile
    • Ms Magdalena Rowan
    • Ms Gulnara Abbasova
    • Dr Marc Orlando
    • Ms Patricia Avila
    • Ms Sandra Leane
    • Mr David Deck
    • Ms Ranja Zayed

    NAATI CEO Mark Painting said that “this is a highly reputable group of individuals that collectively has expertise in key areas right across the translating and interpreting sector”.

    “With such a significant work program over the next year or two, having access to such a body of knowledge and experience will be invaluable. I’m looking forward to working with this Committee,” Mr Painting said.

    The TRAC members are scheduled to commence their terms in January 2017.

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  • NAATI welcomes new Director

    The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mitra Khakbaz to the NAATI Board of Directors from 1 December 2016.

    Ms Khakbaz is currently an Executive Manager with MDA Ltd and currently oversees regional settlement, employment, community wellbeing, youth settlement, case work and intensive support services.

    In announcing this appointment, Chair of the NAATI Board Kerry Stubbs said that “Mitra brings extensive expertise and experience in the multicultural sector and her skills and qualifications will complement the existing Board.”

    Ms Stubbs also paid tribute to outgoing Director, Associate Professor Ludmila Stern, “Ludmila has made an outstanding contribution as a Director for over six years and there is no doubt that both NAATI and the industry are better off as a result”.  

    “We look forward to her continued engagement with the sector”, Ms Stubbs said.

    NAATI CEO Mark Painting said he “is very lucky to have such an experienced and professional Board”.

    “Having had the opportunity to meet Mitra and discuss the structure and function of NAATI, I have no doubt she will add further value to the Board” he added.

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  • NAATI to maintain approved course system

    As part of our Improvements to NAATI Testing (INT) project work, NAATI held a meeting on Friday 11 November 2016 to discuss the impacts of moving to a new certification system with our approved course providers.

    NAATI can categorically confirm that the approved course system will continue under the new certification system.

    NAATI CEO, Mark Painting, said “there has been misinformation circulating about approved courses being abolished with no consideration of current students. This is not the case”.

    “In fact, formal training through a NAATI endorsed institution will be the preferred pathway to certification under the new scheme”.

    Transition arrangements will be put in place for students who are currently enrolled in a NAATI approved course or will enroll in a course prior to January 2018 when the certification system will be introduced.  

    One significant change to approved courses is that from 2018, institutions will not set and mark the assessment of their own students who are seeking NAATI certification. NAATI will assume control of all test material and test assessment.

    “These changes represent a key component of the broader INT Project which aims to establish transparent and reliable criteria for awarding certifications, thereby increasing the integrity and efficiency of the system”, Mr Painting said.

    Students and institutions are encouraged to contact the approved courses team at approvedcourses@naati.com.au if they need further clarification.

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  • NAATI seeks new panel of experts

    The NAATI Board of Directors has recently approved the establishment of a new committee to provide advice on a range of industry policy issues and to support NAATI in managing some of the most significant changes in its 40-year history.

    In announcing the decision to create the Technical Reference Advisory Committee (TRAC), Chair of the NAATI Board Kerry Stubbs said that “this is a very challenging but exciting time for NAATI and the sector more broadly”.

    “We are seeking industry leaders to assist the Board and management in this transition.”

    Ms Stubbs also paid tribute to the previous committees, “the Professional Reference Group (PRG) has provided a valuable connection to the industry in recent years and the Qualifications Assessment and Advisory Committee (QAAC) has provided expert advice on several policy areas including the administration of NAATI approved courses, over many years".

    The new committee will absorb these responsibilities and more.

    NAATI CEO Mark Painting expects a lot of interest from the sector and said he “looks forward to working with a group of highly respected leaders in the profession”.

    “This group will provide valuable technical and practical advice across a wide scope and will be able to contribute to any issue relevant to the sector” he added.

    Interested applicants should look through the selection information and are encouraged to contact the CEO (Mark Painting) on (02) 6260 3035 to discuss the requirements and the selection process in more detail.

    Applications will close on Thursday 29 September 2016 and should be submitted to board@naati.com.au.

    The TRAC is scheduled to commence its term in early 2017.

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  • NAATI introduces new scheduled testing

    From the 1st of July 2016, NAATI is changing the way it offers testing for 30 languages. Testing for these languages will move from the traditional on demand model to scheduled dates.

    In announcing the decision, NAATI CEO Mark Painting said that "this change is in response to low demand for a number of languages and by planning and scheduling tests in advance we will ensure that we can determine test results through our examiner panels more quickly and efficiently."

    Testing dates will now be determined through a free, online expression of interest process where applicants will submit their interest to NAATI who will then contact them to apply for a scheduled test date.

    In some languages, testing may only be offered once every 12-24 months depending on demand for that particular language.  

    Interested applicants are able to submit their expressions of interest now through the accreditation information page.

    Applicants who have applied for but not yet sat a test for these languages will be contacted by NAATI to make appropriate arrangements.

    The full list of available accreditation tests by language can be found here.

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  • NAATI adds Bangladesh to testing locations

    The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) is pleased to announce that certain professional translator accreditation tests can now be sat in Bangladesh.

    In announcing the decision, NAATI CEO Mr Mark Painting said "it is an important step in our development to be able to offer the opportunity to as many people as possible seeking an interest in undertaking a NAATI assessment for accreditation. We have had considerable interest from individuals in this region."

    NAATI currently offers professional translator accreditation testing in over 16 overseas locations in addition to every Australian capital city. "International testing locations are identified based on demand and our ability to ensure a suitable testing environment. The locations are reviewed regularly to ensure the criteria is maintained" stated Mr Painting.

    Interested applicants are able to apply now to sit for the first round of Bangladesh-based testing in September 2016.

    Details and dates for future overseas testing rounds will be made available on the NAATI website.

    First Bangladesh testing round details:

    • First test date: 8 September 2016
    • Test location: Khulna, Bangladesh
    • Application cut-off date: 22 June 2016
    • Testing offered: Professional Translator (Bangla into English), Professional Translator (English into Bangla)

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  • Rohingya language testing now available

    The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) is pleased to announce that it has formally added Paraprofessional Interpreter for Rohingya to those languages available for NAATI accreditation by testing.

    In announcing the decision, the Chair of the NAATI Board Ms Kerry Stubbs said it "was in response to demand from industry stakeholders and met the policy criteria for community and humanitarian need".

    “NAATI’s ability to equip the sector to meet the interpreting requirements of new communities is an essential element in the provision of government information and accessible government services” stated Ms Stubbs.

    Rohingya is a language originating from the Rohingya people of the Arakan State of Myanmar. It is related to the Chittagonian language spoken in the southernmost part of Bangladesh bordering Myanmar. Rohingya is spoken by over two million people worldwide with over half of all speakers residing outside of Myanmar, including a growing number in Australia.

    According to NAATI CEO, Mark Painting test material, including sample tests, are being developed and "we will be able to offer the opportunity to prepare for and sit a test for paraprofessional interpreter accreditation within a few months and interested applicants should monitor the NAATI website for progress."

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