The Code of Ethics and Aboriginal Interpreters

By Olive Knight, an interpreter since 1982 who has worked in the fields of health, language and native title. She lives in the Fitzroy Valley in the Kimberley. A code of ethics for interpreters is promoted as a guarantee of professional integrity for users of interpreters and as a guideline for professional practice by interpreters themselves. The code of ethics is meant to provide interpreters with a base from which to work through ethical and moral issues that arise during their interpreting practice. A code of ethics guarantees consistency across the profession. However, as it stands now, the code of ethics does not provide this consistency or support for Aboriginal language interpreters. In many cases the code of ethics can make a situation more problematic. There are many situations where the code of ethics infringes on the Aboriginal interpreter’s ability to operate as an effective interpreter within their own society.

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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