AUSIT Mentoring Program

Applications are now open for 2023!

Applications will close at 11:59 p.m. on 16 April 2023.

Successful applicants will be notified in writing by 8 May 2023.

AUSIT Mentoring Program
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What is mentoring?

A mentoring program is a structured and purposeful relationship between a mentor (an experienced and trusted advisor) and a mentee (a person seeking guidance and support to grow personally or professionally). Mentors provide guidance, advice, and support to mentees in a specific area of interest to help them achieve their goals and attain their full potential.

The AUSIT Mentoring Program (MP) is offered once per year. Applications open in the first quarter of the calendar year, and the program typically runs for six months. To successfully complete the program, participants will have to complete 20 hours of MP activities within the established timeframe.

What are some examples of mentoring activities?

Mentoring activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Discussing business and marketing matters (e.g. how to quote and invoice your clients, how to build up your ‘brand’, conducting fair negotiations)
  • Analysing ethical dilemmas and discussing strategies to make ethical decisions in difficult situations
  • Learning about client/agency relations management, including conflict management skills
  • Doing a SWOT analysis to identify situational strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities and threats
  • Exploring opportunities for continuous professional development
  • Harnessing translation and interpreting technologies
  • Exploring possible fields of specialisation
  • Interpreting: discussing strategies to prepare for interpreting assignments; court/hospital observations and follow-up discussions; dummy booth practice
  • Translation: discussing research strategies for translation; collaborative translation and revision tasks
How do we organise our meetings?

Mentor and mentee define the terms of their mentoring relationship by means of a Mentoring Agreement, where they define the mutual commitments they are willing to undertake. The agreement should:

  • outline the developmental goals of the mentee and overall objectives of the mentoring relationship
  • clarify expectations, roles and responsibilities, as well as professional boundaries
  • define logistical matters such as meeting frequency, duration and modality (F2F, videoconference, telephone, email); and recording of mentoring activities in the Activity Logbook.

Read the AUSIT Mentoring Program Guidelines for more details.

Application process

Both mentors and mentees will need to formally apply for the MP in order to participate in the program.

Past AUSIT Mentors will also need to reapply as eligibility criteria have changed.

Please note all applicants need a referee (preferably an AUSIT member) to complete an online Character Reference Form (CRF) as part of their application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have the referee complete the CRF prior to submitting their Mentor/Mentee Application Form to avoid potential delays in the application review process.

Mentee Applications

Deadline for Applications

Applications are now open for 2023. Please apply by 12:59 p.m. on 16 April 2023.

Who can be a mentee?

Prospective mentees may apply under either of the following three categories: student candidate, non-student candidate, and peer-mentoring.

Student candidates must

Non-student candidates must

be a current AUSIT member; and

be graduands of an Australian T&I program and apply within 12 months of graduation OR

hold a NAATI credential in a Tier C/D language (refer to the Recommended National Standards by the JCDI, 2nd edition) OR

 have obtained a NAATI credential no more than five years prior to applying, and live in a regional area (to be understood as 200 km away from a State/Territory capital).


Aimed at more experienced AUSIT members who are early career researchers or T&I practitioners who have at least 2 years’ industry experience and are looking to:

learn more about a specific topic;

diversify their portfolio or specialise in a new field;

grow their translation or interpretation businesses;

become T&I trainers; or

are T&I practitioners new to the Australian market and seeking NAATI certification.

These sessions are peer-led and can consist of 1:1 or group sessions. The roles of mentor/mentee will be fluid and defined by the individuals/groups themselves. It will be up to the practitioners to form these partnerships (i.e. AUSIT will not pair up mentors/mentees).

How do I become a mentee?

Eligible applicants may apply by completing the online Mentee Application Form and providing a Character Reference.

Late submissions

Applications submitted past the deadline but within 30 days of the start of the program will be recorded as a ‘late application’. Late applicants’ participation in the program that year will be subject to the availability of mentors.

Invalid applications

Mentee applications received outside of the published deadlines or received more than 30 days after the commencement of the program will not be accepted and applicants will need to resubmit the application in order to participate in future MP rounds.

Relevant Forms
Why become a mentee?

Mentoring is a two-way street providing significant benefits for both the mentor and the mentee insofar as a good working relationship is established and that there is a clear mentoring agreement. Potential benefits for mentees include:

Personal and professional growth, gaining new skills, knowledge, and perspectives.

Exploring career goals, establishing career networks and accessing job opportunities.

Increased confidence and job performance following advice and constructive discussions with the mentors.

Learning to develop meaningful and collaborative relationships with coworkers.

Improved communication and interpersonal skills, leading to better relationships with colleagues and clients.

Promotion of diversity and inclusion by connecting individuals from different backgrounds and experiences.

Additionally, upon successful completion of the AUSIT MP, mentees will receive a Certificate of Participation and will be able to claim 20 PD points (see NAATI Recertification PD Catalogue 2.8 as of 15/03/2023).

Mentor Applications

Deadline for applications

Mentor applications are accepted all year around.

N.B. Applications received outside the official application period for mentees will be reviewed and, if successful, mentors will be included in the mentor list and considered in the following year’s call.

Who can be mentors?

A prospective mentor must:

How do I become a mentor?

Eligible applicants may apply by completing the online Mentor Application Form  and providing one Character Reference. The average processing time is 3–4 weeks. Successful applicants will receive a confirmation letter and be added to the mentor list.

Successful mentor applications will remain valid for two years unless they contact us in writing to withdraw from the program. Should the mentor be willing to continue mentoring after two years, the Character Reference check may be waived at the discretion of the MP Coordinator.

Relevant forms
Why become a mentor?

Mentoring is a two-way street providing significant benefits for both the mentor and the mentee insofar as a good working relationship is established and that there is a clear mentoring agreement. Potential benefits for mentors include:

Additionally, upon successful completion of the AUSIT MP, mentors will receive a Certificate of Participation and will be able to claim:

N.B. Mentors can take a maximum of two mentees per year. Mentors in the peer-mentoring stream will be entitled to one voucher only.

Need more information? Email the MP Coordinator at

Read the AUSIT Mentoring Program Guidelines for more details.

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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