Welcome to the November edition of Professionals Australia’s newsletter for our Translator and Interpreter members.
There are two ways to read this edition:
- Scroll down, reading each item as you go; and
- Click the links of interest in the ‘In this edition’ list below.
In this edition:
• Professionals Australia Journey Insurance for Members
• Interdepartmental Working Group
• Language Group Meetings
• Information and Support for Interpreters
• NAATI KSAs
• Court Services Victoria – Language Services Tender
• September Meet Up
• Translators and Interpreters Committee
• Member Advantage
Professionals Australia Journey Insurance for Members
You’re now covered by Journey Insurance.
Professionals Australia has always acted as work insurance for members by providing workplace advice and support when they need it – our team of qualified lawyers are always on-hand to assist you when need it, and provide advice before you need it.
But now we have you covered beyond the workplace – going to and from work.
The Professionals Australia Journey Insurance policy provides cover for members who suffer injuries whilst travelling to and from work. Cover is provided when it cannot be claimed under Workers’ Compensation or the Traffic Accidents’ Act or equivalent.
This service is included at no extra cost as part of your membership fee. Read more here.
Interdepartmental Working Group
The Victorian Government’s recently formed interdepartmental working group on language services represents significant progress for the ML1V campaign. Professionals Australia is using its seat in this group to actively represent your interests. The group is currently sitting on recommendations from Industrial Relations Victoria.
We will keep you updated on the group’s progress.
Language Group Meetings
Turkish interpreters this year demonstrated the strength in unity and Professionals Australia is now calling meetings of all language groups. The meeting provides information on the ML1V campaign and an opportunity for practitioners to express their views. We have held initial meetings with Greek, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, Indonesian and Chinese interpreters in recent months. We are also planning meetings with Tamil, Italian and Spanish interpreters.
We invite you to assist in initiating meetings with your language group. If you belong to one of the above language groups and have not received any information about these meetings, we encourage you to please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and Support for Interpreters
Last November (2014) members joined together at the forecourt of the County Court in Melbourne to engage with the public on issues affecting interpreters. The aim was to inform and promote better access to language services for multicultural communities.
Another event of this type will be scheduled in the near future where we propose to highlight the importance of professional language services. Stay tuned!
Professionals Australia, along with other stakeholders, was invited to nominate two practitioners to participate in an expert panel to assess the NAATI KSAs – the knowledge, skills, and attributes that will form the basis of the new certification scheme – Recommendations 6, 7 and 11 of the Improvements to the NAATI Testing Project (INT Project) that was commenced in 2012 (More here). Two members of your Committee volunteered to participate.
Click here to read Professionals Australia’s formal submission to NAATI on the INT Report (2013).
A meet up for members and friends was held on 22nd September at the Queensberry Hotel which was enjoyed by all who attended.
We look forward to meeting more members and friends at the next meet up.
Please email us with your suggestions for future social/networking events email@example.com.
Court Services Victoria – Language Services Tender
In September, Court Services Victoria issued a Request for Tender (RFT) inviting companies to submit their bids to provide language services to Victorian Courts. The scope of this RFT includes the provision of language services within the relevant Courts and Tribunals, on–site and remotely (e.g. via phone or video), to assist recipients and the Courts and Tribunals in communicating information in English and in LOTE (spoken and/or written, and including Auslan).
The RFT has raised significant concerns for members and the industry in general, particularly in light of the work of the interdepartmental working group. CEO, Chris Walton will be meeting with the Attorney-General, Martin Pakula, as a matter of priority this month to discuss these concerns.
Translators and Interpreters Committee
Niki Baras – part-time Organiser firstname.lastname@example.org 03 9695 8813 0403924365
• Dongmei Chen email@example.com 0431 562 446
• Mirna Cicioni firstname.lastname@example.org 0406 499 619
• Amy Dee Dempster email@example.com 0424 078 899
• John Gare firstname.lastname@example.org 0448 665 685
• Ozmel Ilgun email@example.com 0419 572 868
• Nondas Nikolis firstname.lastname@example.org 0415 132 279
• Daniela Scarcella email@example.com 0405 985 197
• Bisa Surla firstname.lastname@example.org 0411 264 824
• Adam Tinkler (ASLIA) email@example.com 0409 232 326
Please be reminded that you may contact your Committee to discuss any concerns or offer your support. If you would like to be more active on the campaign in any way, we would love to hear from you. If you would like to be on the Committee, contact Niki Baras at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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