We are coming to the end of the first quarter of 2023! I’ve had a hectic beginning to the year with the consultation on Industry Affiliates, travelling around the country to meet AUSIT members, and supporting reforms that will ensure our sustainability as a professional association. You can read more about all this below. Thank you for your ongoing support, comments, questions and ideas. They are always welcome!
It’s been four months since I took office, so I’d like to run a Q&A session with members. In preparation for this event, I would like to ask you: What topics would you like to hear about? What would you like to know? Please submit your questions here.
On 17 March I presented a seminar to Tasmanian solicitors and interpreters (both on site and online) who work with them, hosted by the Law Society of Tasmania. We discussed the Recommended National Standards (RNS), and the interpreters gave examples of good collaboration plus other instances when things could have been better. It was a good opportunity to dispel myths about the work interpreters do. The feedback has been very positive, and we will continue to train lawyers around the country.
Restructuring of the various committees: come and join in!
By now, you may have realised that my vision for AUSIT is growth. We must grow numerically to represent the majority of practitioners in Australia in order to become relevant to stakeholders. We need to earn a place at the negotiation table for better working conditions for T/Is. We need to develop the ability to clearly communicate the interests of T/Is to stakeholders, to engage with them and persuade them to adopt practices that support practitioners. We need to turn this entire industry into a practitioner-centred industry – because as practitioners, we want to offer the best possible service to the community. We will not achieve this goal if we remain a peripheral group. We currently only represent one fifth of practitioners in Australia, so there is a lot of work to do!
1. We need to induct and prepare the next generation of leaders within AUSIT.
This needs to be a gradual process. I believe the most natural way to achieve
it is through AUSIT’s committees.
2. To work towards this, we need new volunteers to work with established
committee members so that institutional memory is transferred. There is a
particular ‘style’ to the way we do things in AUSIT, and the best way to maintain
this is by having new people working alongside those who have been
volunteering for a while and already embody the values of AUSIT.
3. Each committee needs a succession plan, so that if there is something going on
in a committee member’s life and they need to take leave of absence for a while,
we can face that situation with confidence and without affecting the committee’s
ability to function.
I invite you to join our volunteer ranks and participate in one of our new or established committees. You can see the areas where we need more volunteers in the attached annex. We will soon send out more information about how you can express your interest in joining a new committee.
AUSIT Membership: New Student Category
AUSIT has created a new Student membership category to encourage our future T/Is to join us while they are studying, then progress onto Ordinary Member status once they have completed their studies.
This membership category is now available to students who are enrolled “… full time or part time in formal translating and/or interpreting coursework at a recognised Australian TAFE college or university, including a Skill Sets course that meets the requirements set by NAATI.”
It enables students to rub shoulders with practitioners while they work towards gaining their NAATI credentials.
The benefits that student members will enjoy include:
1. Discounted AUSIT membership fee
2. Discounted fees for professional development
If you are a student, or if you know a T&I student, please send them this Welcome to AUSIT video.
You asked, I found out ….
Since becoming National President back in November 2022, I have received expressions of concern from some AUSIT members in relation to interpreters who have recently been granted NAATI Recognised Interpreter credentials in Tier A languages. The concern stemmed from the fact that Tier A languages practitioners have plenty of opportunities to obtain a credential through a NAATI examination at CPI and CI levels.
I approached NAATI, and the response I received is that credentials in the Recognised Interpreter category are only awarded on a case-by-case basis after being put forward to NAATI. Also, this is done as a one-off – so practitioners who are granted Recognised Interpreter status cannot re-certify as a Recognised Practitioner in a Tier A language or any other Tier if a credential by examination is available.
Therefore, the Recognised Interpreter in a Tier A language needs to upgrade to a CPI or CI credential within the space of three years from the original date of recognition, when the Recognised Interpreter status will lapse.
Thank you to those members who brought this issue to my attention, and also to NAATI for clarifying when special consideration is given to Tier A languages.
Calling a spade a spade
Language Service Providers (LSPs) have a responsibility not to mislead the population by correctly identifying those working for them. In Australia, an interpreter is someone with the necessary credentials.
I have been informed that some LSPs are issuing all their contractors with ID cards identifying them as interpreters, regardless of whether an individual holds a current NAATI credential. These ID cards often include a photo and a number that identify the bearer with the LSP. Because they look official, these ID cards mislead language service users into believing that everyone with an ID card has the same level of expertise. Apparently, the practice is so institutionalised that those using T&I services often do not bother to verify if the interpreter is qualified.
This practice is wrong and should cease immediately. LSPs have a responsibility not to pass off an unqualified individual as an interpreter. LSPs with clients in Australia should only use the designation Interpreter for individuals who have NAATI Certification or Recognition. NAATI is the standard in Australia, and bilinguals who wish to work in Australia as interpreters must engage with NAATI in order to get certified, recognised and so on. Individuals with no NAATI credential have not demonstrated that they can act competently or ethically. LSPs should be hearing alarm bells because if these individuals engage in unethical behaviour the LSP could be found vicariously liable! By the same token, users of interpreting services such as hospital and school staff, courts and lawyers should be informed when the person they are dealing with is not qualified/certified/
This is not a light matter, LSPs! Do the right thing and ensure that non-qualified persons are identified as Bilingual Assistant or a similar designation, but not Interpreter.
If you are an AUSIT member and you are concerned about practices in the industry, contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Your anonymity will be protected.
Mentoring program applications open
What is the mentoring program?
It is a structured program in which a mentor (an experienced and trusted advisor) is matched to a mentee (a person seeking guidance and support to grow personally or professionally). It is offered once a year and the time commitment is 20 hours over six months.
Mentors and mentees who successfully complete the AUSIT MP will receive a certificate and may claim 20 PD points towards recertification. In addition, mentors will receive a voucher to enrol in 3 AUSIT webinars from the AUSIT media library free of charge (one voucher per mentee, maximum of two mentees per year).
Call for volunteers - AUSIT representative at Standards Australia
AUSIT is seeking a representative to be appointed to Standards Australia’s national committee, to provide input on international standards (ISO) on translation, interpreting and related technology.
The committee includes other key industry stakeholders. The time commitment involves participating in quarterly meetings (online), providing input at meetings, and also voting when necessary.
1. Expertise in translation and interpreting (preferred) – 5+ years’ experience as
a T/I in Australia.
2. Availability for quarterly meetings (decided by the committee using polls a few
3. Knowledge of ISO standards structure and of the language services industry.
4. Excellent drafting/writing skills.
If you are interested, please write to email@example.com.
Learnbook is an underutilised AUSIT resource. Communications VP Vesna Cvjeticanin has produced tutorials to help members enrol and use Learnbook. Please find the short videos here:
Comradely greetings from AALITRA
The Australian Association for Literary Translation (AALITRA) shares with AUSIT the common objective of improving the visibility, status and sense of community of translators and interpreters working in Australia. Members of AUSIT are invited to check out our website and follow our in-house journal, the AALITRA Review. We hold regular events, including symposiums, talks from guest speakers, and panel discussions. We organise the biennial AALITRA/PEN Translation Awards, in which a committee of expert judges evaluates submitted translations of short literary texts taken from a different source language each time. We also host a database of experienced Australian literary translators that is shared with the major Australian publishers. And, of course, we are always delighted to welcome new members!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more.
QLD Branch News
… as reported by Carina Mackenzie
On 16 March, AUSIT joined ASLIA, NAATI, Professionals Australia and Multicultural Australia for a very collaborative and positive workshop with Queensland Health, Multicultural Affairs Queensland and the Commonwealth to discuss the sustainability of interpreting in Queensland. Thank you to all Queensland interpreters who completed the Interpreter Satisfaction Survey as we now have some empirical information to help inform decision making.
In other news, the QLD Branch is planning its next social event on the Sunshine Coast and will set the date at our next branch meeting. Watch this space!
ACT Branch News
… as reported by Dave Deck
On 28 February, the ACT Branch ran a PD session on ‘Meaning-based Translating & Interpreting’. It was part 3 of a series, this one concentrating on equivalence at the phrase level, including how to deal with translation challenges arising because of collocations, idioms and fixed expressions. This two-hour event was run in hybrid mode, with over a dozen people attending in person at the YWCA in Canberra (and enjoying some networking time and light refreshments beforehand), and about 100 registered to join them online, including one participant from another FIT-affiliated association in Germany. The branch hopes to present part 4 of the series – the grammatical level – sometime later this year.
VIC Branch News: Culture on a Plate Day
… as reported by Karine Bachelier
On 18 March, some VIC Branch members enjoyed a relaxing ‘Culture on a Plate’ get together. It was a beautiful day in the Alexandra Gardens, with a few non-AUSIT members also joining us. We were spoilt with homemade cornbread, onigiri, vegan dumplings, croissants and pains au chocolat, gougères au fromage (a Swiss savoury specialty) and more! The VIC Branch provided the drinks.
It was great to meet other colleagues and exchange on T&I-related topics. And a special thank you to Gabriela for bringing her speaker along, the music added that nice final touch!
TAS Branch News
… as reported by Zhang Echo
This month we were pleased to host the Linguists and the Law workshop given by our President, Angelo Berbotto. The content was quite practical and insightful. Using Kahoot to get people involved was a very interactive way to have people’s attention. Angelo also introduced some methods to deal with ethical dilemmas. The audience could implement them instantly and easily, without spending too much effort. We should always keep updated and be brave to ask for what we interpreters need.
AUSIT PD Events
- AUSIT NSW Branch – Interpreting and Translation Pedagogy Webinar Series (1 of 2) – 03 April 2023
- AUSIT NAT – Pronunciation and Speech Short Course – 19 April 2023
- AUSIT WA Branch – Interpreters working with refugees and trauma survivors: an information session with ASeTTS 22 April 2023
- AUSIT NSW Branch – Interpreting and Translation Pedagogy Webinar Series (2 of 2) 29 April 2023
CLICK ON THE BUTTON below to be diverted to the registration links and more information:
EXTERNAL PD & Events
All information below is provided by external organisations. Please register and direct any enquiries to the relevant contact outlined in each announcement, rather than to AUSIT.
2023 Migration and Refugee Practice Direction information session
We are pleased to invite you to attend an online information session where you will be able to ask questions about the Administrative Appeals Tribunal’s (AAT) new Migration and Refugee Practice Direction which came into effect on 1 March 2023.
The information session will be held via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 5 April 2023from 3 pm to 4 pm (AEST) and will feature presentations from senior representatives of the AAT. Following the presentations, the panel will address questions and matters of interest from attendees.
This is a good opportunity for professionals who support applicants in the Migration and Refugee Division to gain a clear understanding of how the new practice direction will impact your work.
Calls for Papers
The Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes agréés du Québec (OTTIAQ) invites you to submit a proposal to present at its annual conference, to be held on Friday 3 November 2023 from 8 am to 8 pm (cocktail and entertainment included) at Hotel Bonaventure, in Montréal.
The annual conference is OTTIAQ’s flagship event. Year after year, it brings together hundreds of language professionals, students and other experts in the fields of translation, terminology and interpretation.
This year, we invite everyone curious about language to come and experience, together, the pleasure of being … Professionals in every sense of the word
To submit a proposal
• Fill out the call for proposals form in French or English
• Include a colour portrait photo (high resolution)
• Send the form to the attention of the Conference Program Committee email@example.com by 4 pm Friday 5 May 2023
Kein Kinderspiel! Workshop
From 30 July to 3 August 2023 Arbeitskreis für Jugendliteratur e.V. (IBBY Germany) will host an international workshop on the translation of German-language children’s and YA literature titled ‘Kein Kinderspiel!’ / ‘No Child’s Play’. It will take place in Berlin, Germany and be held in German. Professional translators into all languages are welcome. To enable active participation in the workshop, you should have a very good command of the German language.
The program, accommodation for the duration of the workshop and meals during the program will be free of charge.
Participants are responsible for travel expenses, but do receive a travel allowance.
Further details and application forms may be obtained from www.jugendliteratur.org/
Applications should be sent by email with corresponding enclosures to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2 May 2023 at the latest.
- German conference interpreter needed for a conference in Sydney on 28 November. Please contact Yvonne Hu at email@example.com
- FIFA is holding the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in July and August 2023. They are searching for EN>ES and EN>FR translators who specialise in sports to help on a freelance basis. No translation agencies please. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 April 2023.
- UNSW is looking for language teachers who could run weekly discussion groups on Teams. If interested, please contact languageservices@canberra.
- Japanese to English Medical Translators/Editors.
Reading Corner: Interesting Articles & Journals
NAATI introduces new digital stamps (see also an article on NAATI’s new Digital IDs and Stamps in the April issue of In Touch)
J. Angelo Berbotto
AUSIT National President
Supporting Professional Standards
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