NAATI receives funding for the Indigenous Interpreting Project (IIP) under the Commonwealth Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS). The Project aims to increase the number of certified Indigenous interpreters in Australia, focusing on priority regions.
To help achieve the IIP objectives, NAATI established the National Indigenous Languages Interpreting Advisory Committee.
NAATI works collaboratively with Indigenous organisations, including interpreting services and language centres across Australia. We engage certified Indigenous interpreters and translators to mark exams, help create training and testing materials, and act as mentors for Indigenous interpreting candidates. Currently, there are 170 NAATI-certified Indigenous interpreters and/or translators practising in 37 Indigenous languages across Australia.
The Indigenous Interpreting Project has three objectives: