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Recruitment starts for SA’s new Aboriginal Language Interpreting Service

Recruitment for the establishment of a South Australian Aboriginal Language Interpreting Service has begun, with casual employment opportunities available for interpreters throughout many parts of the state.

Their work is expected to assist State Government agencies, authorities as well as any business requests, to improve spoken communication and outcomes for first nations people.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is implementing the initiative and its Chief Executive, Lois Boswell, said “Being a new service that will have interpreters based broadly throughout South Australia, we are keen to attract interpreters in a diverse range of our state’s Aboriginal languages who are living and working statewide.”

“This is also a fantastic opportunity for some very capable multilingual people to undertake funded Nationally Accredited training, if they haven’t already, and we will be providing in depth induction and training.”

A pool of certified interpreters

DHS is establishing a pool of certified interpreters in a range of Aboriginal languages spoken throughout South Australia. They will be employed casually to fulfil assignments on demand.

Languages required include:

  • Pitjantjatjara
  • Yankunytjatjara
  • Luritja
  • Arrernte
  • Warlpiri

as well as other Aboriginal languages.

Another step toward Closing the Gap

Ms Boswell said the service is another step toward Closing the Gap, “Interpreter services are critical to ensure Aboriginal people can communicate with government and have equal access to the services and opportunities available.”

“Enhanced availability of interpreters can break down communication barriers that foster disadvantage for South Australia’s Aboriginal people.”

Interpreters will be enabling communication between two or more parties speaking one or more Aboriginal languages and English.

Interpreter services are particularly important where decisions or actions can have a critical impact upon a person’s life. Examples include decisions around a person’s health, issues of child protection, discussion of legal matters or participation in government consultation processes.

Establishment of the service is one of 41 practical actions to enhance the lives of Aboriginal South Australians under SA’s Aboriginal Affairs Action Plan to which the State Government has committed $583,000 per year.

The service is also recruiting a Team Leader and two Customer Services Officers.

More information about the roles

Further information about the Aboriginal Language Interpreting (Pool) role is available on I work for SA.

Page last updated : 25 Oct 2021

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