AUSIT Excellence Awards

The AUSIT Excellence Awards recognise initiatives/activities by individuals and organisations operating in all sectors of the translating and interpreting industry. They encourage best practice, professionalism, dedication to quality, innovation and outstanding contributions. The Awards celebrate organisations and individuals/teams in the following categories:

Excellence in Interpreting

This award recognises an interpreter or interpreters with appropriate credentials or qualifications for outstanding performance in a particular assignment, a series of related assignments or a project. The following elements are included in the assessment: linguistic and interpreting skills; professionalism and ethical conduct; outcomes/purpose fulfilment.

Excellence in Literary Translation

This award recognises a translator or translators with appropriate credentials or qualifications for the outstanding translation of a literary work (prose, poetry or drama). It may be given either for a single book-length translation of outstanding quality or for the entire body of a translator’s work in the domain of literary translation (LOTE>English).

Excellence in Non-Literary Translation

This award recognises a translator or translators with appropriate credentials or qualifications for a single translation of outstanding quality or for the entire body of a translator’s work in the scientific/technical/non-fiction domain (LOTE>English).

Outstanding Contribution to Translation & Interpreting

This award is for an individual, team or organisation for consistently outstanding performance in conducting activities or developing initiatives benefiting the industry as a whole, including end-users and practitioners. Areas of activity may include:

Outstanding Contribution to Interpreting and Translating: Working with Languages of Limited Diffusion

This award is presented to a practitioner, team of practitioners, language service provider, organisation, business or institution that is part of, related to, or involved in some aspect of interpreting and/or translating using an Indigenous language or a language of limited diffusion, in recognition of their work on a particular assignment, project or initiative that benefits the community as a whole, including end-users and practitioners.

Nominations for the AUSIT Excellence Awards

The coveted AUSIT Excellence Awards are highly regarded and submissions are encouraged from AUSIT members as well as all translators & interpreters from Australia and New Zealand. The key selection criteria for initiatives recognised by AUSIT through these awards include innovation, role model value, benefits delivered to users and/or practitioners and their level of impact on the industry as a whole.

The awards ceremony is generally held every two years. For details regarding the application process and eligibility, please refer to the Nomination Form below:

Excellence Awards Nomination Form
History of the AUSIT Excellence Awards

The Awards were originally launched in 2004 with one category only – Outstanding Contribution to the Translating and Interpreting Industry. The categories of Excellence in Interpreting and Excellence in Translation were added in 2005, and the category of Outstanding Contribution to Indigenous Interpreting was added in 2009. The Awards were not organised in 2015 and 2017 as AUSIT was preparing for hosting the International Federation of Translators Congress in Brisbane in 2017. Instead, between 2015-2017 a committee reviewed the procedure and guidelines, and in 2018, the present categories were established.

Past Recipients

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