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Translating and Interpreting in the Public Sector (PSP) Training Package

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Public Sector Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a project to review the Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications in Translating and Interpreting in the Public Sector (PSP) Training Package.
SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Public Sector Industry Reference Committee (IRC), is undertaking a project to review the Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications in Translating and Interpreting in the Public Sector (PSP) Training Package.

Background

The VET sector is essential for supplying potential translating and interpreting professionals to the workforce. VET graduates are eligible to attempt the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) Certification test and gain accreditation to enter the workforce. NAATI is the credentialing authority for translators and interpreters in Australia and is responsible for the setting and maintaining of standards for the industry through a national certification system.

The Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications in Translating and Interpreting are therefore fundamental qualifications used to ensure professionals are equipped with the right skills and knowledge to gain accreditation.

A number of key changes regarding workforce demand and the operating environment have meant that the training package products are no longer fit for purpose and need to be urgently updated. The main changes which have triggered this request are:

  • Filling the current training gap in interpreting and translating to meet NAATI’s minimum training requirement
  • Shortage of qualified trainers for low-volume languages
  • Difficulties in recruitment mainly due to the short-term nature of casualised employment opportunities
  • Current requirements of training package products being exclusionary of Deaf interpreter and Auslan/English interpreter students
  • Wording throughout the training package products requiring urgent review to meet industry needs.
  • Project Governance

    The project is being directed by the Public Sector IRC, whose membership is as follows:

    Project Status – Case for Change - Public Consultation Closed 

    The Case for Change was available for public consultation until 5.00pm AEDT on Friday, 08 October.

    Please CLICK HERE to download a copy of the Case for Change.

    Project Timings



    Further Information

    For more information regarding this project, please contact Devika Mudaliar 0438 043 186 or devika.mudaliar@skillsiq.com.au.