Professionals Australia welcomes the announcement by Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells that she will host an industry roundtable, aimed at tackling the issues that face translators and interpreters.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
The Industry Roundtable will examine:
- Pay and conditions for practitioners;
- Low retention rates of qualified practitioners;
- Difficulty in sourcing qualified practitioners in new and emerging languages; and
- Concerns about de-professionalisation of the industry through the engagement of non-qualified practitioners.
Professionals Australia CEO, Chris Walton, congratulated Senator Fierravanti-Wells for her action, saying that it was a spectacular step forward for the ‘Many Languages, One Voice’ campaign.
“Professionals Australia has been actively calling for an industry forum for more than a year, we believe that bringing the industry together is the best way to help address critical issues like pay, conditions, retention and professionalism,” said Mr Walton.
“We are excited by the announcement and congratulate the Senator for taking this bold and positive step.
In her announcement Senator Fierravanti-Wells says that she is “sure that the National Roundtable will present an opportunity to not only discuss some of these issues, but canvas potential solutions”.
It is expected that the roundtable will include stakeholders from across the industry.
Mr Walton said that the roundtable could not come soon enough.
“Our campaign is focused on pay and conditions but to achieve improvements we have to deal with the all of connected issues that face the industry. The reality is that if we don’t find an industry solution before long, we might not have any professional interpreters left.”
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services , with special responsibility for Multicultural affairs and Settlement Services in the Australian Government. Her roles includes responsibilities for the language services sector and also NAATI.