Interpreting fees

If you use interpreting services you may have to pay a fee.

Some services are free for Northern Territory Government agencies and non-government community organisations.

Who can access free interpreting services

You can access free interpreting services if you are:

  • a childcare centre funded and managed by a Northern Territory (NT) council
  • a library managed by an NT council
  • an NT-based community or non-profit, non-government organisation
  • an NT government agency that deals with Australian citizens, permanent residents or temporary visa holders - excludes visa breaches.

Who needs to pay for interpreting services

You need to pay for interpreting services if you are:

  • a private individual
  • a business
  • a political party or member of the Legislative Assembly
  • a religious organisation
  • an ethnic community group
  • a Federal Government agency
  • an NT government business organisation like Charles Darwin University or TIO.

Fees

All interpreting fees exclude GST. A 20% service delivery fee will be added to all assignments.

The fees will vary depending on what level of interpreter you need. For information about interpreter credential levels, go to the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters website.

Standard hours

Standard hours are 8am to 5pm weekdays.

Time Interpreter level Paraprofessional Non-accredited
Minimum fee - up to two hours $152 $112 $72
Each half hour or part thereafter $38 $28 $18

After hours

After hours are 5pm to 8am on weekdays, plus weekends and public holidays.

Time Interpreter level Paraprofessional Non-accredited
Minimum fee - up to two hours $192 $152 $112
Each half hour or part thereafter $48 $38 $28

Interpreter travel and accommodation

You must pay for interpreter travel and accommodation if required.

Cancellations

For bookings made in advance, you need to cancel at least 24 hours before your interpreting assignment begins. If you don't provide 24 hours notice you may need to pay a fee.

If your appointment time is 10am, you must cancel your appointment by 10am the day before.

For same-day bookings, you may have to pay a fee if you cancel a job after an interpreter has been booked.

The fee will depend on the interpreter's accreditation level.

Last updated: 27 June 2017