Aboriginal Interpreter Service

The Aboriginal Interpreter Service (AIS) provides registered and professional Aboriginal interpreters, employing 233 registered interpreters, 74 of whom are nationally accredited or hold a Diploma of Interpreting.

Our interpreters work across the Northern Territory and in the cross-border regions of the APY Lands in South Australia and Ngaanyatjarra Lands in Western Australia.
In 2018-19, the AIS supported communication between Aboriginal language speakers and service providers through 8872 interpreting jobs, completing a total of 33 852 interpreting hours in 36 languages.

A total of 282 training sessions were delivered by the AIS, and client Working-With-Interpreter- Training was provided to 899 participants from various Australian and Northern Territory governments and non-government organisations.

While still delivering a number of regular services like daily ABC Radio news bulletins in Yolngu Matha, Warlpiri and Kriol, AIS completed several major projects including:

  • food and water safety and melioidosis advice in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Trevor
  • new Banned Drinker Register guides
  • 2019 federal election remote mobile polling messages
  • key language translation of bowel cancer screening messages
  • citrus canker response program radio advertisements.

Last updated: 19 June 2020

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