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.

Who Are Our Partners?

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.

Project Objectives

The Indigenous Interpreting Project has three objectives:

  • To increase the number of certified Indigenous interpreters and examiners
  • To increase the range of Indigenous languages for which there are certified Indigenous interpreters
  • To increase the accessibility of interpreting resources for Indigenous interpreters and organisations

Current Work

  • Maintaining current and developing new language test materials
  • Convening test training workshops for Indigenous language speakers
  • Conducting NAATI interpreter tests
  • Supporting the development of online training resources for Indigenous language interpreters
  • Convening examiner workshops for Indigenous language examiner panels
Resources For Organisations Working With Indigenous Language Speakers
Resources About Indigenous Languages