The Australian translating and interpreting industry risks losing some of its best talent – and along with it, the ability to maximise the social and economic benefits of Australia s cultural diversity.- if they fail to address the issues currently faced by the industry.
A new Professionals Australia report reveals that serious problems are undermining the development of a viable translating and interpreting industry.
Professionals Australia CEO Chris Walton says the Lost in Translation report is a blueprint on the areas which require Government leadership and industry cooperation.
“When almost a third of respondents say they’re intending to leave the profession in the next five years, income insecurity is a problem for 87 per cent, 87 per cent of respondents say that incomes not keeping pace with inflation is a significant concern, and over half say their work is undervalued – there’s little doubt that there are some serious issues which need addressing.
“If we’re to create a viable industry over the next decade, we need to look at sustaining individuals’ commitment to the profession. It isn’t just about attracting the next generation of professionals – it’s about creating a vibrant and diverse local industry which values quality service. The recognition of the professional nature of the work of translating and interpreting professionals, their remuneration and conditions, ensuring the accreditation system and ethical standards are working effectively are central to developing a diverse, innovative, responsive and committed Australian translating and interpreting industry. The Lost in Translation report is intended to help identify some of the barriers and a way forward in addressing them.
“Professionals Australia sees it as critical that we play an active and considered role in identifying and responding to the challenges which face the profession and industry – challenges that can only be tackled with the cooperation and commitment of major stakeholder groups and Translators and Interpreters themselves.
“Professionals Australia believes that a Government and industry-wide commitment to addressing these issues should form a fundamental part of the vision for the translating and interpreting industry to 2020 and beyond.”
The report is available exclusively to members prior to the official launch in the week starting 18 June 2012.
You can read it as a flip book at http://issuu.com/barriers/docs/lost_in_translation?mode=window&pageNumber=1 or as a pdf here.