2021 Conference

2021 Conference

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Live in-person & online event
Friday 19 & Saturday 20 November 2021

Join us by the Indian Ocean for a conference themed “Another Word, Another World”.

This will be a hybrid event, with speakers and attendees having the option of attending in-person or participating virtually.

Recently, we have seen first-hand the creation of a new world through the pandemic, with the innovation in language it has brought. Newly coined terms have emerged, and T&I practitioners have helped with transitioning into this new reality.

As translators and interpreters, it is our job to connect different worlds and help people move between them. Through our professional practice, we may open up another world for our clients, but sometimes we also open up a can of worms.

How does switching between languages change our interpretation of the world? How can we, as T&I professionals, best facilitate understanding and ease the shift in meaning? What are the best business practices that help us work efficiently, work competently and keep well?

         **Full program now available here**

Please note that as the conference is taking place in Perth, all times listed on the program and here below are in Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).
To convert conference times to your local time zone, you can use this tool. Please take care to consider the differences in daylight savings times, etc.

Dates & Times

Friday 19 November 2021
Conference – 8.30am – 5.30pm
Gala Dinner 7.00pm – 10.30pm

Saturday 20 November 2021
Conference – 8.30am – 12.30pm


Rendezvous Hotel, Scarborough Beach, WA 
(or from the comfort of your own space, online)

         View Of The Hotel

For those attending in person, a Gala Dinner will be held on Friday 19 November, starting with sunset drinks on the deck looking over the Indian Ocean. Dinner and drinks will then be served in the Mentelle Room. Tickets are all-inclusive at $90 – tick the “Gala Dinner” option when you register for the Conference if you would like to attend this function as well.

The Rendezvous Hotel is offering a preferential rate on Oceanview accommodation for registrations made by 31 October if you wish to stay at the hotel during the Conference. The booking link and discount code will be included in your registration confirmation. In addition, Scarborough Beach offers many other accommodation options at a variety of price levels.

Public TransportScarborough Beach is easily reached by public transport: bus 990 direction Scarborough from Perth busport or train to Glendalough station, connecting to 990 Scarborough bus.

Parking: Parking underneath the hotel or in public car parks around the area

Pricing information and limits: (payment is for both days of the conference)

Attending IN PERSON – Conference 19 & 20 November 2021 (limit 100):

· Conference IN-PERSON AUSIT/NZSTI Members – $150.00

· Conference IN-PERSON Non-members – $250.00

· Conference IN-PERSON Student Members – $50.00

· Conference IN-PERSON Student Non-members – $75.00 

            Gala Dinner 19 November 2021 (limit 75):

· Gala Dinner IN-PERSON All registrants – $90 


COVID-19 precautions: in the case of COVID-19 restrictions impacting the event, all “in-person” registrants will be advised as quickly as possible.  Registrations will then be converted to online only and the cost difference will be refunded.

Attending ONLINE ONLY – Conference 19 & 20 November 2021 (limit 500)

· Conference ONLINE ONLY AUSIT/NZSTI Members – $100.00

· Conference ONLINE ONLY Non-members – $175.00

· Conference ONLINE ONLY Student Members – $50.00

· Conference ONLINE ONLY Student Non-members – $75.00

Click on the Registration link below to be diverted to the registration page where you must CHOOSE the specific event/s you wish to register for.


Due to current restrictions and continued uncertainties surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 AUSIT National Conference, which was due to be held in Perth, has now been moved online.

The focus of this year’s conference is on the challenges and opportunities opening up in an evolving T&I landscape, specifically during this time of insecurity and rapid change experienced by the profession over recent months.

Sub-themes include: business during a pandemic; new skills and professional requirements in interpreting and translating; adaptive business practices; remuneration and working conditions; remote interpreting; translation technologies; and remote T&I education and training.


Keynote speakers

Stephen Doherty leads the HAL Language Processing Research Lab at UNSW, where he is an associate professor in linguistics, interpreting and translation. With a focus on the psychology of language and technology, his research investigates human and machine language processing using natural language processing techniques and combined on- and offline methods. He will present on the topic “Language technology today and tomorrow: Challenges and opportunities for current and future language service professionals”.

Karolina Karczmarek-Giel is an industry professional with over 15 years of experience. Drawing from her broad background in translation, digital marketing, positive psychology, and meta-learning, she will explore strategies for dealing with the current crisis from various disciplines. We look forward to her presentation “How to thrive in any crisis: The pandemic edition”.

How do I attend?

For this virtual conference—the first of its kind for Australia’s T&I industry—registrants, presenters and other stakeholders will be able to access the full program, interact and network via the Attendify app, scheduled to go live a month prior to the conference. Each online presentation (either live or prerecorded) will run for approximately 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute Q&A, and will be recorded by AUSIT. Simply click here to register and secure your spot in this unique undertaking office.ausit.org/event-3907563/

Please note: the National Annual General Meeting and annual Jill Blewett Memorial Lecture will take place a week later, on 28 November


AUSIT thanks the following sponsors for their contributions towards making this event possible: NAATI, 2M Language Services, All Graduates, Amigos, Congress Rental and WA Interpreters.


Submission form

for court interpreters to report incidents or issues that occur in court interpreting assignments.

Purpose and function of this information submission form.

This form enables you to report issues or problems that you encounter in the course of court interpreting assignments. These issues and problems will be collected by AUSIT to report to the JCCD (the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity) to monitor the implementation of the Recommended National Standards. The reporting of these issues and problems enables AUSIT to work with the JCCD to suggest steps to address these issues and to avoid the repetition of these problems in the future.

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