About the Aboriginal Interpreter Service

The Aboriginal Interpreter Service in the Northern Territory (NT) has all of the following:

  • about 30 interpreters on staff covering the major languages of the NT
  • more than 270 active casual interpreters covering close to 100 languages and dialects
  • seven trainers from backgrounds such as linguistics, health, adult education and law.

The service develops professional and accurate registered interpreters.

Interpreters are trained to interpret accurately and be impartial.

It is a skilled profession and an intellectually demanding role. Find out how to become an Aboriginal interpreter.


Interpreter services include:

The Aboriginal Interpreter Service doesn't help with translating written documents.

Different services cost different amounts. The total cost of a project will depend on how much time it takes and if it includes travel and accommodation fees.

Find out more about fees for interpreter services.

Using other untrained bilingual people to perform this role, such as relatives, friends and other employees, can have serious consequences, such as:

  • breach of privacy and confidentiality
  • lack of impartiality
  • filtering of information to protect their relative or friends
  • inability to cope with subject matter or specialised terminology.

Read more about Aboriginal interpreter training.

Last updated: 21 September 2020

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