Interpreter training and scholarships

2014 Interpreter Scholarship Program

The Department of Premier and Cabinet, through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC), provides scholarships of up to $2,000 to students enrolled in the RMIT University Diploma of Interpreting. More information about this course is available at:

Applications for the 2014 scholarships have closed. The scholarship languages for 2014 are Punjabi in Melbourne and Karen in Bendigo. Scholarship languages are selected each year in consultation with government service providers and language service providers. 

Students who complete the course with a grade of 70 per cent or higher become eligible for National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) paraprofessional accreditation. NAATI is the agency responsible for setting professional standards for interpreting and translating in Australia. OMAC also covers the costs of obtaining NAATI accreditation.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be an Australian citizen or have permanent residency. Applicants should also be fluent in English and one of the target languages, and be interested in working as an interpreter.


Professional Development Short Courses (Translation and Interpreting)

The Professional Development Short Course Program (Translation and Interpreting) is delivered by Monash University to provide professional development opportunities to interpreters and translators in health, legal and community domains. It has been funded and developed in partnership with the Office of  Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship and supported by the Department of Health, Victoria. The aim of the short courses is to provide opportunities for practicing interpreters and translators to further develop their skills and knowledge to effectively deliver language services in the community. It also provides a transition into practice for recent graduates of translating and interpreting programs. The Program targets translators and interpreters working in any language and the courses will be delivered in English.

The PD short courses will be conducted at regular intervals from June 2012 to April 2014 in Melbourne (Monash University Caulfield Campus) and in the Victorian regional centres of Shepparton and Mildura.

The courses vary in length from 15 to 30 hours and in cost from $242 to $484 (GST incl.). A limited number of bursaries are available. The short courses are open to all language groups.

The upcoming course in Shepparton is:

  • Mental Health Interpreting

Further information, including application forms, are available at:

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Mental Health Interpreting

Shepparton - April 2014

About the course

This short course is intended for interpreters who have commenced working or who plan to work in mental health settings. In this course, presenters share information specific to the field of mental health and explain how they work with interpreters. The following perspectives are presented: an experienced mental health interpreter, a clinical psychologist, a representative from the Foundation for the Survivors of Torture, and a representative on aged care and dementia. An overview of mental health services in Victoria will be provided and protocols and strategies relevant to mental health interpreting will be presented and discussed. In addition, there will be sessions with trainee nurses from Goulburn Valley Health for interpreters to learn about the perspective and work of nurses in general and mental health.

The short course is held over two weekends  and is 30 hours in duration. This includes 18 hours of face-to-face sessions and approx. 12 hours of online work and self-study.

Dates, times and venues:

Saturday 29 March 2014  10.30am-4.30pm

Sunday 30 March 2014  10.30am-3.30pm

Saturday 12 April 2014  10.30am-4.30pm

Sunday 13 April 2014  10.30am-3.30pm

Venue Campus
Goulburn Ovens TAFE (GO TAFE), Fryers St, Shepparton 3630.

Fees and Bursaries (Scholarships)
The fees are $484 (incl. GST). Payment will be required upon notification of acceptance. Payment can be made by credit card. Please refer to the application form for further information.

There are a limited number of bursaries available for this course that cover the full cost of the short course. If you wish to apply for a bursary, please see the application form below and complete the relevant section at the end of the application form.

Target languages: Any

Application process
Applicants for the Mental Health Interpreting short course should be accredited, recognised and/or qualified interpreters. The course is intended for those who have little or no experience in mental health interpreting as well as those with experience who wish to extend their knowledge and expertise in this area.

Please go to the following website to download an application form.  Applications must be received no later than Wednesday 19 March 2014.


Statement of Completion & Professional Development Points

Participants receive a Statement of Completion upon successful completion of each module, enhancing their marketability to potential employers. Participants will also be able to earn professional development points towards revalidation of their NAATI accreditation and renewal of AUSIT membership. Attendance at one short course of between 10-20 hours will earn participants 40 professional development points. Completion of a short course of more than 20 hours will count for 60 points.

Further information, including how to apply, is available at:

For enquiries contact:

Ms Jocelyne Mohamudally

Tel: (03) 9905 2223

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 11:07
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