The National Indigenous Languages Interpreting Advisory Committee, also known as the NILIAC, was established in 2016 to help NAATI meet the objectives for the Indigenous Interpreting Project.

What Does the NILIAC Do?

The Committee’s purpose is to provide advice to NAATI on issues relating to Indigenous interpreting, and to provide communication channels between NAATI and Indigenous communities that support the funding outcome to improve the supply of and demand for qualified Indigenous interpreters in direct, relevant and practical ways.

They also:

  • Promote co-ordination and identify opportunities for collaboration within the Indigenous interpreting sector.
  • Bring together key Indigenous interpreting stakeholders to foster communication, exchange of ideas and information about regional initiatives.
  • Identify priority Indigenous languages for interpreter training, testing and certification.
  • Provide advice about specific interpreting needs at national, state/territory and regional levels.
  • Facilitate the exchange of information among networks of practitioners, educators, industry, government and other stakeholders, including technological developments to support improved service delivery.
  • Assist NAATI in promoting the NAATI certification system and the value of the appropriate use of certified practitioners.

The Committee is made up of 7-10 people and meet two to four times per year, which are run by NAATI.

It has no executive powers, supervisory functions or corporate decision-making authority on behalf of NAATI.