Call for comments on the Australian Standard for Community Interpreting

Standards are voluntary documents that set out specifications, procedures and guidelines that aim to ensure products, services, and systems are safe, consistent, and reliable.

To keep pace with change and new technologies, standards are regularly reviewed by technical committees.

Standards fall into three categories: 

  • International Standards
  • Regional standard – eg joint Australian/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS)
  • National Standards – developed by national standards bodies such as Standards Australia Ltd (Standards Australia).

Standards Australia develops, updates and maintains the Australian Standard® brand standards.

Comment is invited on the Draft Australian Standard for community interpreting:

AS13611 – Interpreting - Guidelines for community interpreting

Public comment is an important part of the process of developing or reviewing a standard.

Comments could be on technical content, wording, and general arrangement of the draft document.

If you have comments on how the draft coordinates with other Standards, please identify where any changes or additions to this draft may be necessary.

Editorial matters (i.e. spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc.) are also invited and will be corrected before final publication.

Provide supporting reasons and suggested wording for each comment. Where you consider that specific content is too simplistic, too complex or too detailed, provide an alternative. If the proposed document is acceptable without change, an acknowledgement to this effect would be appreciated.

How to review the Draft Standard 

The current International Standard: ISO 13611:2014 Interpreting - Guidelines for Community Interpreting should be read in order to comment on the draft Australian Standard.  

Copies of ISO 13611:2014 are available for purchase from:

  1. International Organisation for Standardization
  2. Standards Australia
  3. SAI Global

Free access to copies of International and Australian Standards are available through State and University Libraries, and the Australian National Library under the provision of fair use. Unfortunately, access to the State Library of Victoria license is temporarily unavailable.

How to submit comments

To submit comments on the proposed revision, you need to register on the Standards Australia website.

Standards Australia
Drafts for public comment

Comments are to be submitted via the public comment page.

Short comments can submitted through an online form. For lengthier submissions, a Microsoft Word template is available to make your comments in the specified format. This can downloaded from the submission page.

Only comments submitted via the Standards Australia Standards Public Commenting site can be accepted.

Closing date

The closing date for submissions is midnight on 11 December 2018 (AEST).

The Technical Committee

Submissions to Standards Australia are received by the Technical Committee for translating, interpreting and related technology (CS-117).

Committee members are appointed by nominating organisations.   

Nominating organisations for the relevant technical committee are:

  • Aboriginal Interpreter Services
  • Australasian Association of Language Companies Inc.
  • Australian Institute of Interpreters & Translators
  • Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association
  • Co-opted Member
  • Deaf Australia
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australian Government)
  • Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia
  • Monash University
  • Multicultural NSW
  • National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd
  • National Ethnics with Disability Alliance
  • The University of New South Wales

At the expiry of the comment period, the committee will give serious consideration to all comments received. Acknowledgement for receipt of comments is not sent.

If you know of other persons or organisations that may wish to comment on the revision of this document, please advise them of its availability.


If you would like to contact NAATI about accessing or commenting on the Draft document - please email Jenna.Gray@naati.com.au

Use of the draft document

The draft document may be altered at any time leading up to the submission closing date.

The draft document may not be used as a standard before date of official publication by Standards Australia.

The expected completion date for publication is 26 February 2019.


Published: 12/11/2018