Fees for Aboriginal Interpreter Service

If you use an Aboriginal interpreter, you may have to pay a fee. Fees include administration costs and don't contain GST.

There are three different fee types:

  • on-site interpreting and recording projects including video interpreting
  • telephone interpreting
  • scripting.

On-site and video interpreting

On-site and video interpreting is charged at a minimum of 2 hours at $140 and $70 per hour after that. Any additional time, charged after minimum time, is calculated to the nearest quarter of an hour (15 min).

Telephone interpreting

Telephone interpreting is charged at a minimum of 30 minutes at $35 and $70 per hour after that. Any additional time, charged after minimum time, is calculated to the nearest quarter of an hour (15 min).

Scripting

Scripting services is charged at a minimum of 1 hour at $100 and $100 per hour after that. Any additional time, charged after minimum time, is calculated to the nearest quarter of an hour (15 min).

Example charges

Assignment time frame On-site Telephone Scripting
30 minutes and under $140.00 $35.00
(minimum charge)

$100.00

45 minutes $140.00 $52.50 $100.00
1 hour $140.00 $70.00 $100.00
(minimum charge)
1 hour 15 minutes $140.00 $87.50 $125.00
1 hour 30 minutes $140.00 $105.00 $150.00
2 hours $140.00
(minimum charge)
$140.00 $200.00
2 hours 15 minutes $157.50 $157.50 $225.00
2 hours 30 minutes $175.00 $175.00 $250.00

Travel and accommodation fees

Travel and transport costs may include:

  • airfares
  • taxi fares
  • accommodation (costs are not included in travel allowances)
  • a travel time allowance at the applicable hourly rate - this includes actual travel time as well as time not undertaking interpreting work while away during standard business hours
  • a mileage allowance for an interpreter to use their own vehicle at an applicable rate per km
  • a travel allowance including meals and incidentals at the applicable rate per overnight, or a partial rate for non-overnight travel.

To check the applicable hourly rates, read Northern Territory public sector determination 1 on the Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet website. This is issued at the start of each year.

How to pay your invoice

The Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) will arrange interpreter payment, including travel costs.

You will receive an invoice within 30 days of the assignment's completion and will include instructions on how to pay.

You must fill in and submit your interpreter time sheet as soon as possible after the assignment is over. Interpreters are not paid until time sheets are submitted.

If you're a new AIS client, you must have a vendor account.

To set up your vendor account, you must provide the following information:

  • organisation trading name
  • section name
  • location
  • postal address
  • contact person - this should be someone in your organisation's accounts section
  • phone
  • mobile
  • fax
  • email
  • ABN.

Last updated: 16 May 2022

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