$650,000 NSW Interpreter scholarship program attracts African Australians

MULTICULTURAL NSW has invested $650,000 over four years to train up to 400 interpreters as part of the NSW Interpreter Scholarship Program.

Applications are now open for people who speak new, emerging and in-demand languages to receive scholarships to become qualified practicing interpreters.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 9 June 2021.

In a press release, the Minister for Multiculturalism Natalie Ward said the NSW Interpreter Scholarship Program will support up to 30 budding interpreters in 2021.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated just how vital our interpreters are, especially in providing access to high-quality health care and advice,” Ms Ward said.

“We need to make sure our qualified interpreters speak new, emerging and in-demand languages so everyone enjoys access to high-quality interpreting services.

“The scholarship recipients will benefit from subsidised world-class training at TAFE NSW and universities to train our next generation of interpreters.”

Course graduates will be eligible to become Recognised Practicing Interpreters with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

Ronnie Kakaire, the state coordinator for Celebration of African Australians NSW revealed that it was an employment opportunity for some members of the community but also acknowledged it was necessary to consider new emerging languages that otherwise had been neglected for long.

"It is a timely project and I am very sure many of our people will be attracted to join the program which will also be an employment opportunity for the future." Ronnie commented.


People who speak Acholi, Bari, Chin (Tedim), Chinese (Hakka), Dinka, Ewe, Fijian, Fullah, Hakka (Timorese), Hmong, Karen, Kayah, Khmer, Kirundi, Krio, Malayalam, Mongolian, Mun (Chin), Nuer, Oromo, Samoan, Somali, Tetum, Tibetan, Tigrinya and Tongan are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the NSW Interpreter Scholarship Program and to express your interest in the program, please visit:

www.multicultural.nsw.gov.au