Career opportunities for interpreters

The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) is currently recruiting interpreters to meet the ongoing growth in demand for interpreting services in Australia.

Please note, we are currently receiving a large number of interpreter applications. You will be contacted by TIS National when your application is being processed.

Requirements for becoming a TIS National interpreter

We will give preference to applicants who have transitioned to the new NAATI Certification model. We encourage interpreters to hold credentials from the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) at the Certified level or above where available.

To be eligible to become a TIS National interpreter you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • have the required qualifications for the language you wish to interpret in
  • be able to provide a certified copy of a National Police History Check/National Police Certificate (NPC) dated within the past 12 months
  • be able to provide a current employment Working with Children Check from your state or territory of residence, where required (Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and South Australia)
  • be able to provide certified copies of 100 points of identification documentation
  • have reasonable availability to work between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Recruitment priorities+Expand content

At any level

TIS National gives priority to recruiting interpreters who have NAATI certification at any level in the following languages:

Assyrian 
Bengali 
Dari 
Dinka 
Filipino 
Greek 
Hindi 
Indonesian 
Italian
Japanese 
Khmer 
Macedonian  
Malaysian 
Myanmar
Nepali 
Oromo  
Pashtu 
Polish 
Portuguese 
Rohingya
Russian 
Samoan 
Sinhalese 
Somali
Spanish  
Tamil
Thai 
Urdu

Certified Interpreter

TIS National will consider recruiting NAATI Certified Interpreters in all languages.

Emerging languages

In languages where NAATI certification is not available, we prefer applicants with NAATI recognition.

TIS National would be interested in speaking with individuals who have an interest in working as an interpreter and have good language skills in English and one or more of the following languages: 

Ambele
Anyuak
Cameroon Pidgin
Chin (all dialects) 
Chin Haka 
Ewe 
Fijian 
Hmong 
Hokkien (Chinese) 
Juba 
Karenni 
Kirundi 
Kumama  
Liberian Pidgin 
Loma 
Maori 
Mauritian Creole 
Mon 
Pidgin/Neo Melanesian 
Rohingya
Saho
Samoan
Shona 
Susu 
Tongan
Twi 

Without certification

TIS National is willing to consider applications from interpreters without certification in the following languages:

Karen 
Malaysian 
Myanmar 
Rohingya 
Tibetan 

State-based recruitment priorities+Expand content

Australian Capital Territory

Arabic
Cantonese
Dinka 
Hindi 
Indonesian 
Italian
Japanese 
Karen (Myanmar)
Korean 
Russian 
Samoan 
Spanish  
Urdu
Vietnamese

New South Wales

Amharic
Assyrian
Bengali
Cantonese
Dinka
Fijian
Filipino (Tagalog)
Greek
Hindi
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Karen (Myanmar)
Khmer
Korean
Macedonian
Myanmar (Burmese)
Nepali
Rohingya
Samoan
Serbian
Spanish  
Thai
Tibetan

Northern Territory

Arabic
Mandarin
Thai
 

Queensland

Arabic
Cantonese
Croatian
Dari
Dinka
Greek
Hindi
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Karen (Myanmar)
Karenni/Kyah (Myanmar)
Korean
Lao
Mandarin
Myanmar (Burmese)
Nepali
Oromo
Polish
Russian
Samoan
Serbian
Spanish
Somali
Thai
Tigrinya
Turkish
Vietnamese

South Australia

Arabic
Cantonese
Chin Hakka
Dinka
Indonesian
Italian
Karen (Myanmar)
Kirundi
Korean
Myanmar (Burmese)
Nepali
Pashtu
Spanish
Tamil
Thai
Tigrinya

Tasmania

Farsi
Karen (Myanmar)
Nepali
Tigrinya
  

Victoria

Assyrian
Croatian
Dinka
Filipino (Tagalog)
Greek
Hakka (Chinese)
Hindi
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Karen (Myanmar)
Khmer
Korean
Macedonian
Malaysian
Myanmar (Burmese)
Nepali
Nuer
Polish
Punjabi
Rohingya
Russian
Samoan
Somali
Spanish
Thai
Tibetan
Urdu

Western Australia

Amharic
Arabic
Cantonese
Bengali
Dinka
Indonesian
Italian
Karen (Myanmar)
Korean
Myanmar (Burmese)
Oromo
Pashtu
Polish
Spanish
Tamil
Thai
Tigrinya
Turkish

 

Apply to become a TIS National interpreter

If you are interested in becoming an interpreter with TIS National and meet the criteria, complete the interpreter application form and submit with the following documentation:

  • a certified copy of your NAATI certification (if available)

  • a copy of your National Police History Check/National Police Certificate (NPC). Your NPC must not be more than 12 months old. If your NPC is from Australian Federal Police or State Police, you will need to provide a certified copy. Click here for more information

  • a certified copy of an employment Working with Children Check from your state or territory of residence. Click here for more information

  • certified copies of 100 points of identification documentation. Click here for more information

  • a certified copy of proof of your Australian citizenship or permanent residency, or New Zealand citizenship

  • your resume

  • details of any interpreting experience you have including reference letters.