Scholarships open for language speakers to become interpreters

NSW Government

People who speak in-demand languages are invited to qualify as practicing interpreters through the NSW Interpreter Scholarship Program.

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The program supports the training of interpreters who can speak a priority language such as Croatian, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Lao, Macedonian, Malay, Maltese, Nepali, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

The NSW Government invested $650,000 over four years to train up to 400 interpreters under the program. Scholarship recipients will benefit from subsidised world-class online training from the University of NSW.

Upon completion, participants will receive Certified Practicing Interpreter accreditation with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

Minister for Multiculturalism Natalie Ward said interpreters have played a critical role in making sure NSW communities received high-quality public health advice during the COVID pandemic and is calling on NSW’s next generation of interpreters to continue the work.

“I urge anyone who speaks the priority languages and is interested in a career in interpreting to apply for the latest round of this outstanding scholarship program,” Mrs Ward said.

Applications close Friday, 5 November.

Find out more about the NSW Interpreter Scholarship Program

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