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Be an Interpreter

Sydney Health Care Interpreter Service is a dynamic, fast paced clinical support service.

A career in interpreting and translation is very gratifying. It is a challenging profession, one that keeps you motivated and allows you to work in a diverse range of environments.

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To work with us you need to:

  • Have NAATI Certification or NAATI Recognition if certification is not available for that language.
  • Demonstrate capacity to interpret in a health care setting, willingness and ability to attend continuous professional development.
  • Be able to identify and convey the social and cultural factors affecting health care to ensure high quality performance.
  • Be able to identify ethical dilemmas and to deal with them in compliance with the AUSIT Code of Ethics.
  • Have a clear understanding of our service guidelines.

The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI) is the standards and certifying authority for translators and interpreters working in Australia. NAATI Certification System evaluates the knowledge and skills needed to practice as a translator or interpreter.   

NAATI Certification System Brochure explains the Certification System in simple terms, and what each credential means in practice.

Individuals need to go through the following steps to obtain NAATI Certification and NAATI Recognition.

  1. Complete relevant training
  2. Satisfy English language proficiency
  3. Submit an application
  4. Pass the Ethical Competency Test
  5. Pass the Intercultural Competency Test
  6. Pass the NAATI Certification Test

NAATI Certification may also be obtained through:

  • Successful completion of a course of studies in translation and/or interpreting at an Australian institution as approved by NAATI;
  • Providing evidence of a specialised tertiary qualification in translation and/or interpreting obtained from an educational institution overseas;
  • Providing evidence of membership of a recognised international translating;
  • Interpreting professional association; or
  • Providing evidence of advanced standing in translating or interpreting. 

The NSW Government, through Multicultural NSW offers an interpreter scholarship program. Visit multicultural.nsw.gov.au for more information.


Working with us you will enjoy: 

  • Being part of a team 
  • Close professional relationships 
  • Access to professional development and training opportunities 
  • Access to seminars, conferences and research opportunities 
  • Flexible work practices 
  • Job security 
  • A defined work structure and support 
  • Competitive salary with annual leave 
  • Parental Leave (after 12 months of employment) 
  • Four days study leave per year 
  • Bonus extra payment of 17.5 per cent on top of your annual leave 
  • Salary packaging and novated leasing  
  • Fitness Passport to more than 350 gyms (discounted gym membership)
  • Special rates on private health insurance

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