Certified translations in Australia
Thread poster: Sonja Tomaskovic (X)

Sonja Tomaskovic (X)  Identity Verified
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Feb 24, 2004


I have been contacted by a client who requests a "certified translation" for Australia.

Can anyone - preferably from Australia - explain that process to me?

Here in Germany it is necessary to be court-approved to issue certified translations. I know that, for instance in the UK, this is completely different as anyone can have a translation notarized.

What do Australian authorities consider as a certified translation?

Thanks for your help.



George Runde
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Hi, this would be my take on it Feb 24, 2004

If you have certification in Germany, I would go ahead and tell the client that you are certified. You shouldn't have to be certified in Australia to take on the job.

If you are not certified, I would tell the client of your credentials and convince them that you are the best person for the job. My experience is that most times, this requirement is mentioned because they want to ensure quality - and a certified translator does carry that approval stamp. Doesn't mean you cannot get the job. My advise: Keep knocking on that door! Good luck!


GoodWords  Identity Verified
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Here is some information Feb 24, 2004

From http://www.casa.gov.au/avreg/fcl_lic/os_skills.htm

"If the documents are not in English, a certified translation must also be provided. The translation must be compiled by an registered translator. Ask the Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in the country where the translation is to be made if you are unsure of who to see. If the translation is to be made in Australia, contact the Australian National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Information on the services provided by NAATI is available on their web site at http://www.naati.com.au."

However, George's points made above are well worth taking note of. This certification would only be meaningful and (potentially) necessary if the client needs to submit the document for some official application process in Australia.


Sonja Tomaskovic (X)  Identity Verified
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Thanks Feb 24, 2004

Thank you very much for the information.

It seems, however, that the translation will be submitted to an official body... and I am not certified here in Germany.

Thanks again for your kind help.



Jinouk Chung
South Korea
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related to NAATI accreditation? Feb 25, 2004

As far as I know from my temporary stay in Sydney, if you want to submit an offical document translated into any language in Australia, the document should be translated by a NAATI-accredited translator and include the translator's stamp issued by NAATi.

I think the "certified translation" means this practice.


Richard Benham  Identity Verified
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NAATI Accreditation and Certified translations Dec 13, 2004

NAATI (National Authority for the Accreditation of Translators and Interpreters: http://www.naati.com.au ) accredits translators, and it you are accredited to the right level, they will issue you with a stamp. The stamp, however, costs money, and you have to pay for a separate stamp for each language combination (but if you are accredited "both ways", you can have both directions on the one stamp). So far, I have received only two requests for certified translations, and they were for different languages, and so I have not bothered to get the stamps, although I am qualified.

This is closest thing we have in Australia to official certification. Most government departments will also accept translations certified by translaors who are able to certify translations in the country where the language other than English is spoken.


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