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News & Events

  • ALERT: Changes to the NAATI EOI Form

    NAATI is excited to release an important update to our NAATI Online portal. As of this morning, individuals can only submit an EOI application through NAATI Online.

    If you do not have a NAATI Online account, the process to submit an EOI application is as follows –

    1. Read through the relevant information on the NAATI website to check what you are applying for.
    2. Register for a NAATI online account by clicking the ‘I don’t have a NAATI number’ button. This will trigger an automatic email with your login details.
    3. Check your nominated email address for your login details.
    4. Login into NAATI Online and select the ‘Apply for Credentials’ link or the ‘Applications’ tab in the top menu.
    5. Once you have reached the Apply for Accreditation landing page, you will need to select the ‘By Testing’ link on the left to reach the application form.
    6. You will then fill out the application form and the process will continue as per page 4 of the information booklet.

    If you already have a NAATI Online account, you can also access the EOI form by logging in and following steps 4-6 as detailed above. Submitting an EOI form is free.

    Once NAATI has received enough EOI applications in your language, we will contact you to discuss the test date and levels available. Please note that NAATI may only be able to set a test date for your language once every 12-24 months.

    This change will assist NAATI in streamlining its systems and is an important first step in our efforts to expand our suite of online services.  

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  • NAATI accreditation and the Karen languages

    Recently NAATI has received a couple of questions about the credentials it has previously awarded in the Karen languages (namely, Karen S’gaw and Karen Pwo Eastern).

    Unlike the majority of languages we offer accreditation in, NAATI has never offered accreditation testing in the Karen languages.

    However, there are a small number of practitioners with Paraprofessional Interpreter accreditation as a result of a NAATI approved course (RMIT's Diploma of Interpreting).

    As of October 2016 in Australia, there are:

    • 6 current Paraprofessional Interpreter accreditations in Karen S’gaw.
    • 5 current recognitions in Karen S’gaw.
    • 1 current recognition in Karen Pwo Eastern.

    Should you wish to apply for credentials in the Karen languages outside of the RMIT Diploma of Interpreting, you will need to look at NAATI recognition.

    Click here to learn more about the Karen S’gaw language or here to learn more about the Karen Pwo Eastern language.

    Still have questions? Get in touch with our National Office today. 

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  • ALERT: NAATI adds new EOI testing languages

    In early July 2016, NAATI introduced a new Expression of Interest (EOI) process in order to facilitate accreditation testing in certain languages.

    As a result of industry feedback, we are considering adding four new test languages to this process. These languages include: 

    1. Chaldean
    2. Kurdish (Kurmanji)
    3. Kurdish (Sorani)
    4. Kurdish, Southern (Feyli)

    Potential tests for these languages would be held at the Paraprofessional Interpreter level.

    By submitting an EOI, you are indicating to NAATI that, should a test be made available in your language, you intend to sit that test.

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

    Should NAATI decide to offer a test in you preferred language, you will receive at least three months’ notice at which time you will be contacted to submit an application form.

    Click here to learn more about the application process. Or you can click here to submit an EOI form. 

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  • Alert: Phasing out of NAATI recognition for selected languages

    NAATI recognition is granted in emerging languages or languages with very low community demand for which NAATI does not offer accreditation testing. The granting of NAATI recognition is an acknowledgement that an individual has recent and regular experience as a translator and/or interpreter with no defined skill level.

    Should the demand for the services of translators and interpreters in a recognised language increase, NAATI may establish testing to accredit practitioners, and phase out recognition for that language.

    As testing is well established in the following languages, NAATI has decided to phase out recognition from 1 April 2016 for:

    • Armenian
    • Assyrian
    • Dinka
    • Hazaragi*
    • Nepali*
    • Nuer
    • Oromo
    • Swahili

    (*Only interpreting recognition is phased out for this language. Translating recognition is still available as translator testing in this language is currently not available.)

    This means that from 1 April NAATI will no longer accept applications for recognition for these languages and recognitions that have been awarded in these languages will expire over the next three years. NAATI has contacted people with affected recognitions to advise them of this change and of the expiry date of their recognitions.

    NAATI encourages practitioners whose recognitions will expire to apply for accreditation testing prior to the expiry date of their NAATI recognition in order to maintain their ability to work. Practitioners interested in sitting a NAATI accreditation test should click here.

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  • Sydney, Melbourne & Perth NAATI office testing shutdown

    The Melbourne and Sydney NAATI Offices are now closed until 9am on Friday, 4 March to conduct our quarterly Mandarin, Vietnamese and Hazaragi interpreter testing. 

    Our Perth office will also be closed only on Wednesday, 2 March to conduct the same testing.

    During the closure period, these offices will not be responding to phone calls or emails.

    Any phone calls or emails will be responded to as soon as practicable from Friday. If you have not had a response to your query within 7 days from the date the office re-opens, please call again or resend your email.

    Alternatively, you are welcome to get in touch with our National Office in Canberra.

    Does NAATI hold quarterly testing for all languages?

    Generally, no. NAATI will contact you to set a date, time and location for your individual test.

    However, due to high demand, testing for the following languages is held quarterly on set dates:

    • Chinese Translator testing
    • Hazaragi Paraprofessional Interpreter testing
    • Mandarin Paraprofessional Interpreter testing
    • Vietnamese Paraprofessional Interpreter testing

    Click here to see those set dates and times or learn more about NAATI accreditation testing.

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  • Changes to Hazaragi paraprofessional interpreter accreditation testing

    NAATI has decided that Hazaragi Paraprofessional Interpreter accreditation testing will move to quarterly test sessions on pre-scheduled dates (see the Accreditation by Testing booklet for the dates and other information about the testing). This is the same model currently used for Mandarin and Vietnamese Paraprofessional Interpreter accreditation testing.

    There are limited places available in all States for each session. The maximum numbers vary depending on the location you wish to sit the test. To avoid the disappointment of not being able to be tested in your preferred session and location you should lodge your application as early as possible.

    Should NAATI not be able to offer you a test in your nominated testing location we will notify you as soon as possible and you may be given the option of another testing location or being assigned to the next available session. NAATI will issue results for these tests as quickly as possible but it may take ten weeks or more.

    Once we have processed your application and determined when you can be tested, we will send confirmation of the arrangements for your test in writing.

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