The Language Allowance is available to VPS staff that are fluent in English and one or more languages other than English (LOTE).

It is paid to an employee who undertakes work involving direct contact with speakers of the LOTE that they speak, and agrees to use these language skills to assist members of the public who have limited English proficiency. It is an effective way of utilising existing personnel resources to meet the needs of diverse client groups. The Language Allowance is also a cost effective way of providing language services within your department or agency. Allowance recipients are accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI), which guarantees that recipients’ skills meet national standards for interpreters and language aides.

The Language Allowance is payable in fortnightly instalments according to the level of accreditation obtained by the recipient. The Allowance is paid by the recipient’s department or agency.

The instalments are paid as pro rata amounts based on a set yearly rate, which increases at six monthly intervals. The rates for 2014-15 are:

Language aide accreditation

  • 1 July 2014 - $935
  • 1 January 2015 - $951

Paraprofessional interpreter accreditation

  • 1 July 2014 - $1,285
  • 1 January 2015 - $1,308

Professional Interpreter accreditation or higher

  • 1 July 2014 - $1,752
  • 1 January 2015 - $1,783

These rates are drawn from the Victorian Public Service Workplace Determination 2012, which can be located here.

If an applicant for the Allowance does not have NAATI accreditation, the applicant must attend a pre-testing workshop before undergoing the NAATI test.  The relevant costs are paid by the applicant’s department or agency.  To enquire about NAATI accreditation and testing, please contact the Victorian NAATI office on (03) 9642 3301.

Victorian Public Service Language Allowance Guidelines 2014-15


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