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NSW Scholarships for interpreter training

A pilot program offering scholarships to speakers of in-demand languages in NSW has been extended, with funding earmarked to train more than 400 students in interpreting skills.    

The  NSW Interpreter scholarship program will support people with fully funded scholarships to study interpreting at NSW TAFE, over four years. 

The program is offered to people who meet the eligibility criteria. People who speak the following languages are encouraged to apply 

  • Assyrian
  • Burmese
  • Chaldean
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Kirundi
  • Khmer
  • Kurmanji Kurdish
  • Maltese
  • Mongolian
  • Nepalese
  • Tamil
  • Thai
  • Tibetan
  • Tigringa
  • Tongan
  • Pashto
  • Rohingya
  • Samoan
  • Somali
  • Vietnamese

Eligibility Criteria

Students must:

  • Be an Australian citizen, or have permanent residency (consideration will be given to asylum seekers.)
  • Successfully complete an English language proficiency test conducted by TAFE NSW.   
Interpreters have a vital role to play in our justice system and are crucial in the provision of high-quality health, education and social services.” said the Minister for Multiculturalism, Ray Williams, when making the announcement.

To be eligible for the program candidates must successfully complete an English language proficiency test. Course graduates will be eligible to become NAATI Recognised Practising Interpreters.  

Registrations are currently being accepted for regional placements. Applications close 5pm Friday 12 April 2019.

NSW Interpreter scholarship program 


Published: 18/03/2019