How Do I Become an Auslan-English Interpreter?

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Worldwide Interpreting and Translation is always happy to assist members of the community who are interested in becoming an AUSLAN Interpreter. In order to be certified in Australia an AUSLAN Interpreter must receive some formal acknowledgement from NAATI.

Auslan is the majority sign language of the Australian Deaf community. The term Auslan is a portmanteau of “Australian Sign Language”, coined by Trevor Johnston in the 1980s, although the language itself is much older. Auslan is related to British Sign Language (BSL) and New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL); the three have descended from the same parent language, and together comprise the BANZSL language family. Auslan has also been influenced by Irish Sign Language (ISL) and more recently has borrowed signs from American Sign Language (ASL).

NAATI’s Certified Auslan Interpreter Test is an objective assessment of the skills and competencies needed to practice as an interpreter in Australia.

What does the test involve?

The Certified Auslan Interpreter test involves five tasks:

  • Two simultaneous interpreting face-to-face dialogues
  • One sight translation into Auslan (in the same domain as the second dialogue)
  • One simultaneous interpreting monologue into Auslan
  • One simultaneous interpreting monologue into English

There is no fixed time for the test. In most situations, testing will take around 1.5 to 2 hours from the time your test starts

Refer to the NAATI Website for additional Information:

Make sure you read and understand the following information before your test:

Please don’t hesitate to contact Worldwide Interpreting and Translation should you have any queries in relation to the preparation to become a NAATI Accredited AUSLAN Interpreter.

Credit: National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters