To reinforce NAATI’s strong commitment to the ongoing development of our industry, the NAATI Board has set aside up to $250,000 per annum for the Translating and Interpreting Industry Development Fund.

The main purpose of the Industry Development Fund is to assist projects that address industry issues such as capability, capacity building and innovation that will support our industry into the future.

What are the funding priorities?

NAATI’s Board of Directors considers funding priorities on an annual basis. The priorities are:


The area of capability is concerned with quality issues around the provision of interpreting and translating services. Capability projects should address issues relevant to professional development, practice methodologies and other performance or quality improvement in delivering T&I services and activities. This criterion is both defined by and focused on individual professionals working out in the field.

Capacity Building 

Capacity building refers to the capacity of the overall industry to meet both current and future needs for professional language support in all its facets. Capacity building projects should address issues relevant to the range and nature of languages in which T&I capacity needs to be developed or enhanced. 

These could include issues specific to new and emerging language communities, approaches to gaining interpreting experience, opportunities for affecting new pipelines for bringing interpreters and translators online.


The area of innovation is a strategic priority for NAATI and is a specific area of consideration to ensure that the credentialing system keeps pace with changes in the industry brought about by disruptive technologies, marketplace changes and industry evolution. Innovation-related projects could explore the impact of new technologies on practice and standard setting or the introduction of testing and credentialing frameworks for the boarder multilingual environment.

Current and completed projects

WA Interpreter Scholarships

Office of Multicultural Interests and AUSIT

In progress.
Click here to view information about the scholarships.

To increase the pool of qualified and credentialed interpreters in Western Australia by providing scholarships for training, a free NAATI credential application and free AUSIT membership and professional development opportunities.

The MINDSET Study: Dementia training for interpreters: Supporting communication and assessment

National Ageing Research Institute

In progress.
Click here to view the project website.

This National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project will develop a workshop on interpreting health consultations with dementia patients and develop an online delivery platform for this workshop.

Interpreter awareness training


In progress.

To develop training sessions to educate the public and users of interpreting services on working with Auslan interpreters.

Queensland preparing interpreters project

To cover the full cost of the four-unit skill set for scholarship recipients in high-demand languages.  One round of scholarships has been delivered to 8 students and sufficient funds remain to offer a second scholarship round.

Optimising the availability and provision of Indigenous language interpreting in circuit courts

Monash University

In progress.

To investigate the availability of interpreters in NT circuit courts and discern the impact that the presence or absence of an interpreter has on the experience of Indigenous people engaging with the justice system.

Interpreting court hearing resources

Newcastle Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service

In progress.
Click here to view the NWDVCAS website.

To develop developing recordings of interpreted audio/video court resources to inform women about court hearing procedures.

Professional development courses for interpreters working in family violence situations – Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth

Monash University

Completed 2019-2020.
Click here to view the online training.

To deliver a one day, face-to-face program in cities identified as having little or limited capacity for training for interpreters working in family violence settings.

Building capacity in the Auslan space


Completed 2020-2021.

To develop several short video clips on a range of topics, including ethics and vicarious trauma.

Development of four-unit skill set for use with Auslan language users


Completed 2020-2021.
Click here to view the course.

To develop an Auslan version of the Interpreting Skills for NAATI Certification four-unit skill set, which has now already been delivered to an initial cohort of 11 students.

Development of webinar regarding National Standards for Legal Interpreting


Completed 2020-2021.

To deliver a professional development webinar in two parts on the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity’s (JCCD) Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals, promoting knowledge of the standards amongst court and tribunal interpreters. 

Securing a Murrinh-Patha Interpreter Workforce

Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) (Northern Territory)

Completed 2020-2021.

To offer a camp for young Murrinh-Patha speakers from the Wadeye Aboriginal community with the aim of delivering induction training and helping them develop a support network that will ultimately assist them to obtain NAATI certification.  The AIS identified the need to create the pool of interpreters as Murrinh-Patha is one of the more common Aboriginal languages in the Northern Territory and Aboriginal people from the Wadeye community are one of the Aboriginal groups that are overrepresented in the Northern Territory criminal justice system.

Update to the Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals

Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity

Completed 2021-2022.
Click here to view the second edition of the Recommended National Standards.

To review the Recommended National Standards for Working with Interpreters in Courts and Tribunals and include an awareness campaign.

What do I need to know?

Interested parties should submit their registration of interest using the below application form.

As part of the application process, you will need to:

  • select the funding priority your project addresses
  • select the pillar of NAATI Strategic Plan 2019-2021 your project aligns to
  • provide details about the project
  • provide an estimate of project costs.

Applications will be considered within four weeks for eligibility, before being referred to NAATI’s Sector Development Working Group for review. This review will take 6-8 weeks.

Successful applicants will be contacted and provided with a draft funding contract. Depending on the scale and complexity of the initiative, you may be required to provide final report including a financial acquittal at the completion of the project.