Become an interpreter or translator

You can apply to be an onsite interpreter or translator with the Interpreting and Translating Service NT.

Apply to be an interpreter

Interpreters work in situations where people who do not speak the same language need to understand each other. They translate spoken words from one language into another language.

How to apply

To apply to be an interpreter follow these steps.

Step 1. Fill in the online translator and interpreter expression of interest form.
Step 2. The Interpreting and Translating Service will contact you to organise an interview.
Step 3. After your interview you must pass a language fluency assessment in English and your chosen language. You must also attend an introductory workshop.
Step 4. If you pass your language fluency assessment you will also need to get a police history check and a working with children clearance.

About the language fluency assessment

The assessment is done at the Interpreting and Translating Service office.

The aim is to find out if you are fluent in English and the other languages, whether the language you use is current and whether you use the correct grammar.

If you don't pass your language fluency assessment, you will be given training to help you improve and reapply.

Apply to be a translator

A translator provides translations in written form.

Before you apply

You must be a member of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).

To become an accredited translator contact NAATI on 1300 557 470 or email info@naati.com.au.

For more information go to the NAATI website.

How to apply

Step 1. Fill in the online translator and interpreter expression of interest form.
Step 2. The Interpreting and Translating Service will contact you to organise an interview.

Last updated: 27 June 2017