NAATI News December 2018 – Message from the Board Chair, Voula Messimeri

Photo of Voula Messmeri, NAATI Board ChairAs 2018 draws to a close, I believe it is worth taking a moment to reflect on the significant achievements NAATI has reached over the past year. NAATI's Certification system is now live with over 9500 practitioners currently holding over 14 000 credentials in around 215 languages under the system.

This marks an important development for the profession in Australia and I would like to acknowledge Member Governments and other key stakeholders for their support and of course the many practitioners who transitioned into the new system.

There is continuing work to be done in terms of increasing the frequency and range of certification testing, however NAATI's recently released 2017-18 Annual Report clearly outlines and recognises the firm foundations established for this work.

The NAATI Board has also now finalised NAATI's Strategic Plan (2019-2021). NAATI’s vision is for a connected community without language barriers supported through five strategic pillars:

  1. Driving innovation & quality in Certification
  2. Promoting brand awareness & engagement
  3. Ensuring financial sustainability
  4. Building organisational capability
  5. Supporting the development & sustainability of the profession

Central to this plan will be how NAATI promotes ongoing professionalisation of the sector through collaboration with key stakeholders and supporting professional development and engagement of practitioners. I would like to thank the wide range of individuals and organisations that provided input into this plan.

Recently the Board made a significant decision to establish an Industry Development Fund that will contribute up to $250 000 per year across various projects to further enhance the great work that is already performed by the many and diverse players in the Translating & Interpreting industry.

Excitingly, NAATI is now in a position to officially launch this fund and I would encourage all interested individuals and organisations to consider putting in an application for the first round of funding via the NAATI website.

While there are many challenges ahead, the Board of Directors is pleased by what has already been achieved over the last year. On behalf of the Board, I wish to sincerely thank the many committed and dedicated professionals working both for and in support of NAATI.

In closing, I’d like to wish each of you and your families best wishes for the festive season and a happy new year.

Voula Messimeri
NAATI Board of Directors

Photo of the six members of the NAATI Board of Directors

NAATI Board of Directors: (from left, back row) Giuseppe (Pino) Migliorino AM, Mary Gurgone, Mitra Khakbaz and Dr Michael Cooke, (front row) Voula Messimeri AM and John Williams PSM (Image: NAATI)

Published: 07/12/2018