Aboriginal interpreter training

Anyone who wants to become an interpreter for the Aboriginal Interpreter Service has to do a language test. You will be tested on your speaking and listening skills in English and your chosen Aboriginal language.

If you are selected as an interpreter you must complete an induction course. The course covers topics like:

You will also be offered the chance to shadow experienced interpreters before taking on interpreting jobs independently.

Ongoing training

The Aboriginal Interpreter Service training team runs training sessions and supports interpreters through on-the-job observations.

Training sessions cover all of the following:

  • general interpreting skills
  • interpreting for meetings
  • legal and health topics and relevant topics such as new government policies.

Diploma of interpreting

Many interpreters have gained or are enrolled in the Diploma of Interpreting through the Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

National accreditation

The Aboriginal Interpreter Service runs interpreter tests for accreditation with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

This test is the same structure as tests for migrant languages.

Code of ethics

Aboriginal Interpreter Service interpreters must follow the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators code of ethics.

The code includes all of the following:

  • confidentiality
  • impartiality
  • accuracy
  • professional conduct
  • competence.

Last updated: 21 September 2020

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