News & Events

  • ALERT: Transition information for current NAATI approved course students

    As part of the Improvements to NAATI Testing (INT) Project, NAATI’s Approved Courses system of VET and Higher Education institutions will be superseded by a system of Endorsed Qualifications (EQ). The EQ system, commencing 1 January 2018, will be better equipped to support the reliability, validity, practicality and integrity of NAATI testing and certification.

    Acknowledging the importance of facilitating a smooth transition from the approved course system to the endorsed qualifications system for students and institutions alike, all currently approved courses have been granted approval to 31 December 2017. Institutions will be able to apply for NAATI qualification endorsement status from 1 June 2017, for qualification enrolments commencing from 1 January 2018.

    Due to differing enrolment dates, some students enrolled in NAATI approved courses will complete their course after the endorsed qualification system has commenced in 2018. 

    Students should therefore be aware that the following rules apply:

    • Students who start their qualification in an approved course before 1 January 2018 but do not complete it until 2018 or later will be eligible to sit a test for NAATI accreditation, as long as the institution meets all of the conditions of approval associated with the course. (This applies equally to institutions which gain endorsement of the qualification and those which don’t).
    • NAATI will consider any request from an institution in 2018 to offer a certification test (i.e. leading to certification, not accreditation) for students enrolled on an approved course (i.e. enrolled in 2017 or earlier) as long as that institution has gained endorsement for the qualification. The conditions under which the certification test might be offered to the students would be determined at the time of the request.
    • Students enrolled in an endorsed qualification (i.e. enrolled from 1 January 2018) will only be able to access a certification test offered by NAATI.
    • NAATI is committed to ensuring that no student is unreasonably disadvantaged by the transition. 
    • Students currently enrolled or enrolling in an approved course for the remainder of 2017 and accessing accreditation based on a recommendation from their institution will pay the current Application for Accreditation by Approved Australian Course fee.
    • In a situation where an approved course student sits a certification test, the fee associated with the NAATI certification test will be no more than the current Application for Accreditation by Approved Australian Course fee.

    Please direct any questions regarding the above information to intproject@NAATI.com.au. Click here to download this information as a PDF factsheet. 

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  • ALERT: 2017 INT briefing sessions

    NAATI will be conducting another series of INT Project information sessions for practitioners this year. While previous briefing sessions have focused on the design of the certification scheme, this round of sessions will focus on scheme implementation and impacts for current practitioners.

    These sessions will cover transition arrangements and provide an opportunity for practitioners to ask questions. The details for each session are as follows:


    • Date: Tuesday 30 May 2017
    • Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    • Venue: Karstens - Level 12, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne
    • Click here to RSVP


    • Date: Thursday 1 June 2017
    • Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    • Venue: Queensland Multicultural Centre - 102 Main Street, Brisbane
    • Click here to RSVP


    • Date: Wednesday 7 June 2017
    • Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    • Venue: Karstens - 111 Harrington Street, Sydney
    • Click here to RSVP

    In the event you are unable to attend, NAATI will produce a video recorded version of the information session and publish a set of FAQ’s on our website in mid-June. NAATI is also holding specific briefing sessions for language service providers.

    Please email intproject@naati.com.au for more information about all INT briefing sessions.

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  • Feedback wanted: new certification scheme

    In 2016, NAATI made significant progress in designing the new certification scheme that will commence in 2018.

    Last December, we published an important summary document that includes -

    • information about the proposed pathways to be eligible for certification testing;
    • details of the proposed formats for the certification tests; and
    • details about recertification requirements.

    This document is intended to give stakeholders an overall idea of what the new certification system will look like. Our INT project team would like to invite feedback on this important publication.

    Feedback should be submitted directly to our project team (via intproject@naati.com.au) by 15 February 2017.  

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  • INT project 2016 briefing session summary

    INT Project 2016 Briefing Sessions Between the 4th and 26th of April 2016 NAATI held briefing sessions in each Australian capital city with over 300 people attending across all sessions.

    Overall feedback suggested that sessions were a positive and valuable opportunity to learn more detailed information about the project’s direction.

    For those that missed out on attending, click the video below to watch a summary of what was presented - 

    The video has closed captions available for the deaf community. 

    Thank you to all the attendees for engaging with us we hope to host another round of briefing sessions next year.

    Some frequently asked questions by attendees can be found with answers here

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  • INT project trainers symposium

    The first INT Project Trainers Symposium was hosted on 3 February 2015 in Canberra. The aim of the INT Symposium was to bring together a range of experts from a key stakeholder group; educators who prepare translators and interpreters to practise in Australia. For more information please click here.  

    Or click here to learn more about the INT project.

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