Build your career as an interpreter with TIS National

The Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) is currently appointing new service providers to its panel to meet the ongoing growth in demand for interpreting services in Australia.

Please note, we are currently receiving a large number of interpreter applications. TIS National will contact you 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 have certification from the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) at the Certified interpreter level 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
  • provide a certified copy of a National Police History Check/National Police Certificate (NPC) dated within the past 12  months
  • provide a current Working with Children Check from your state or territory of residence, where required  (Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory and South Australia)
  • provide certified copies of 100 points of identification documentation

Our priorities for appointing new service providers+Expand content

Current Highest Priority

TIS National is seeking to appoint Mandarin service providers in the Queensland region of Cairns. TIS National will prioritise applications from interpreters who hold a NAATI Certified Provisional credential or higher in Mandarin who currently live in the Cairns region. We will also consider applications from those planning to relocate to the Cairns region.

TIS National will prioritise applications from interpreters who hold a NAATI Recognised Practicing Interpreter credential or higher in the following languages: 

Albanian
Czech
Danish
Dinka
Filipino (alt Tagalog)
Gujarati
Hakha Chin
Hungarian
Khmer
Kurmanji
Lao
Lithuanian
Macedonian
Maltese
Oromo
Polish
Portuguese
Spanish
Swahili
Thai
Turkish
Urdu

 
TIS National will consider and prioritise applications from interpreters who do not yet hold NAATI credentials in the following languages:

Afrikaans
Anuak (alt Anyuak)
Arakanese (alt Rakhinz) 
Asante [Dialect of Twi]
Assamese
Baluchi (alt Balochi)
Bassa
Bislama
Cameroon Pidgin
Cook Island Maori (alt Rarotongan)
Dan (alt Gio)
Dzongkha
Esan
Flemish
Fijian
Ga
Georgian
Gikuyu (alt Kikuyu)
Hassaniyya (alt Hassani/Hasanya)
Hindustani
Hiri Motu
Hmong
Idi
Ilocano (alt Iloko)
Javanese
Kayah (alt Karenni)
Khumi Chin
Kiribati (alt Gilbertese)
Kono [Sierra Leone]
Kpelle [Liberia]
Kuanua (alt Tolai)
Kunama
Loko
Loma [Liberia]
Malayalam
Maori
Mauritian Creole
Mongolian
Moru
Motu
Mundari
Nauruan
Ngoni (alt Kingoni)
Nuer
Pukapuka
Pular [Guinea]
Pijin (alt Solomons Pidgin)
Sango
Samoan
Scottish Gaelic
Shilluk
Sorbian (alt Wendish)
Souther Sotho [Lesotho]
Telugu
Tetun (alt Tetum)
Tibetan
Tigre
Tiv
Tokelauan
Tok Pisin
Tongan
Ukrainian
Uyghur
Uzbek
Yiddish
Yoruba [Nigeria]
Zaghawa
Zotung Chin
Zulu

Seeking new interpreters at the Certified interpreter level (or higher)

TIS National will consider appointing interpreters to the panel in any language if they hold a NAATI Certified Interpreter credential (or higher).

Seeking new interpreters at the Certified Provisional Interpreter level (or higher)

TIS National gives priority to appointing interpreters to the panel in the following languages if they hold a NAATI Certified Provisional Interpreter credential (or higher):

 

Albanian 
Amharic
Armenian
Assyrian
Bengali
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Croatian 
Danish
Dari
Dutch
Dinka 
Filipino (alt Tagalog)
French
German
Greek
Gurjarati 
Hakha Chin
Hazaragi
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian 
Italian
Khmer 
Kurmanji Kurdish (alt Northern Kurdish/Ezdiki)
Lao
Macedonian 
Malay
Maltese
Myanmar Language (alt Burmese)
Nepali 
Nuer
Oromo
Pashto
Polish 
Portuguese 
Punjabi
Rohingya
Romanian
Russian 
Samoan
Serbian
S’gaw Karen
Sinhalese 
Somali
Sorani Kurdish (alt Central Kurdish)
Spanish  
Tamil
Thai 
Tibetan
Tigrinya
Tongan
Urdu
Vietnamese

 

 

Seeking new interpreters for languages to support new and emerging communities settling in Australia

In languages where NAATI certification is not available, we prefer applicants with a NAATI Recognised Practising interpreter credential.

TIS National is keen to speak with individuals who have an interest in providing interpreting services and have good language skills in English and one or more of the following languages:
 

Afar 
Afrikaans 
Akan (alt Twi/Fanti) 
Anuak (alt Anyuak) 
Arakanese (alt Rakhinz) 
Asante [Dialect of Twi]
Assamese
Baluchi (alt Balochi) 
Bari (alt Kuku/Beri) 
Bassa 
Bislama 
Cameroon Pidgin 
Cook Islands Maori (alt Rarotongan) 
Dan (alt Gio) 
Dzongkha 
Esan
Ewe 
Fijian 
Fiji Hindi 
Flemish 
Fulfulde (alt Fulani) Ga 
Georgian 
Gikuya (alt Kikuyu) 
Hassaniyya (alt Hassani/Hasanya) 
Hebrew 
Hindustani 
Hiri Motu
Hmong 
Idi
Ilocano (alt Iloko)
Javanese 
Kayah (alt Karenni) 
Khumi Chin 
Kiribati (alt Gilbertese) 
Kissi 
Konyanka Maninka [Mandingo]
Kono [Sierra Leone]
Kpelle [Liberia]
Krio 
Kuanua (alt Tolai) 
Kunama 
Loko 
Loma [Liberia]Malayalam 
Maori 
Mauritian Creole
Mara Chin 
Mongolian 
Moru
Motu
Mundari 
Nauruan 
Ngoni (alt Kingoni)
Nuer 
Odia (alt Oriya) 
Papiamento
Pijin (alt Solomons Pidgin) 
Pukapuka
Pular [Guinea] 
Pwo Eastern Karen 
Sango 
Samoan
Scottish Gaelic
Shilluk 
Southern Sotho [Lesotho]
Susu 
Tajiki (alt Tajik)
Tedim Chin 
Telugu 
Tetun (alt Tetum)
Themne (alt Temne) 
Tibetan 
Tigre 
Tokelauan 
Tok Pisin 
Tongan 
Yiddish 
Yoruba [Nigeria] 
Zaghawa
Zotung Chin
Zulu

State-based priorities for appointing new service providers+Expand content

Australian Capital Territory

Service providers with credentials in all languages are welcome to apply to join the panel.

 

Highest priorities

Amharic
Arabic
Assyrian
Bengali (alt Bangala)
Bosnian
Cantonese
Croatian
Dari
Dinka
Farsi (alt Persian)
Fijian
Filipino (alt Tagalog)
French
German
Greek
Hazaragi
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Khmer
Korean
Kurmanji Kurdish (alt Northern Kurdish)
Lao
Macedonian
Malay (alt Melayu)
Maltese
Myanmar Language (alt Burmese)
Nepali
Pashto
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Pwo Eastern Karen
Romanian
Russian
Samoan
Serbian
S’gaw Karen
Spanish
Swahili (alt Ki-Swahili)
Tigrinya
Turkish
Ukrainian
Urdu

In languages where NAATI certification is not available, we prefer applicants with a NAATI Recognised Practising interpreter credential.

TIS National is keen to speak with individuals who have an interest in providing interpreting services and have good language skills in English and one or more of the following languages:
 
Kinyarwanda
Kirundi (alt Rundi/Urundi)
Malayalam
Matu Chin
Mongolian
Samoan
Shona (alt Chishona)
Sudanese Arabic
Telugu
Tibetan
Tongan
Ukrainian

New South Wales

Service providers with credentials in all languages are welcome to apply to join the panel.
 
Highest priorities

Albanian
Amharic
Armenian
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Croatian
Czech
Dinka
Filipino (alt Tagalog)
French
German
Greek
Gurjarati
Hakka Chinese
Hindi
Hindustani
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Khmer
Kurmanji Kurdish (alt Northern Kurdish)
Lao
Macedonian
Malay (alt Melayu)
Maltese
Nepali
Oromo
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Slovak
Slovene
Somali
Swahili
Thai
Tigrinya
Urdu

TIS National is keen to speak with individuals who have an interest in providing interpreting services and have good language skills in English and one or more of the following languages:
 
Akan (alt Twi/Fanti)
Congo Swahili
Fijian
Fiji Hindi
Ganda
Hindustani
Kinyarwanda
Kirundi (alt Rundi/Urundi) 
Krio
Lingala
Malayalam
Marathi
Mongolian
Samoan
Syriac
Tedim Chin
Telugu
Tibetan
Tongan
Ukrainian
Uyghur (alt Uighur)

 

 

Northern Territory

Service providers with credentials in all languages are welcome to apply to join the panel.
 
Highest priorities
 
Arabic
Cantonese
Greek
Hindi
Indonesian
Japanese
Khmer
Korean
Mandarin
Nepali
Portuguese
Swahili
Tamil
Thai
Vietnamese

TIS National is keen to speak with individuals who have an interest in providing interpreting services and have good language skills in English and one or more of the following languages:

Congo Swahili
Hakka Chinese

Queensland

Service providers with credentials in all languages are welcome to apply to join the panel.
 
Highest priorities

Albanian
Amharic
Arabic
Assyrian
Bosnian
Cantonese
Croatian
Dinka
Filipino (alt Tagalog)
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Gujarati
Hindi
Hmong
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Khmer
Korean
Kurmanji Kurdish (alt Northern Kurdish)
Lao
Macedonian
Malay (alt Melayu)
Nepali
Oromo
Pashto
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Romanian
Russian
Samoan
Sango
S’gaw Karen
Slovak
Slovene
Somali
Spanish
Thai
Turkish
Urdu
Vietnamese

TIS National is keen to speak with individuals who have an interest in providing interpreting services and have good language skills in English and one or more of the following languages:

Acholi
Afar
Anuak (alt Anyuak) 
Bari (alt Kuku/Beri) 
Congo Swahili
Ewe
Fiji Hindi
Hakka Chinese
Hindustani
Kayah (alt Karenni)
Konyanka Maninka [Mandingo] 
Mon
Pwo Eastern Karen
Samoan
Sango
Susu
Telegu
Tibetan
Tigre
Tok Pisin
Tongan
Uyghur (alt Uighur) 
Uzbek

 

South Australia

Service providers with credentials in all languages are welcome to apply to join the panel.
 
Highest priorities

Albanian
Amharic
Cantonese
Croatian
Dinka
Filipino (alt Tagalog)
French
Hakka Chin
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Khmer
Korean
Lao
Macedonian
Malayalam
Oromo
Pashto
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Romanian
Sinhalese
Spanish
Swahili
Tamil
Thai
Tigrinya
Turkish
Urdu

TIS National is keen to speak with individuals who have an interest in providing interpreting services and have good language skills in English and one or more of the following languages:
 
Acholi
Afar
Congo Swahili
Ewe
Falam Chin
Kayah (alt Karenni) 
Kannada (alt Kararese)
Kinyarwanda
Kirundi (alt Rundi/Urundi)
Ma’di [Uganda/South Sudan] 
Matu Chin
Mizo Chin
Pwo Eastern Karen
Tigre
Tongan
Ukrainian
Uyghur (alt Uighur)

Tasmania

Service providers with credentials in all languages are welcome to apply to join the panel.
 
Highest priorities

Amharic
Cantonese
Croatian
Dari
Farsi
Greek
Hazaragi
Hungarian
Italian
Indonesian
Korean
Mandarin
Nepali
Polish
Punjabi
S’gaw Karen
Spanish
Thai
Tigrinya
Turkish
Urdu
Vietnamese

TIS National is keen to speak with individuals who have an interest in providing interpreting services and have good language skills in English and one or more of the following languages:
 
Anuak (alt Anyuak)
Bari (alt Kiku/Beri)
Matu Chin
Samoan
Ukrainian
 

Victoria

Service providers with credentials in all languages are welcome to apply to join the panel.
 
Highest priorities

Albanian
Bengali (alt Bangala)
Bosnian
Croatian
Czech
Dinka
Filipino (alt Tagalog)
French
German
Gurjarati
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Khmer
Korean
Lao
Macedonian
Maltese
Malay (alt Melayu)
Malayalam
Matu Chin
Myanmar Language (alt Burmese)
Nepali
Oromo
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Romanian
Russian
Samoan
Slovak
Slovene
Spanish
Swahili
Tamil
Thai
Urdu

TIS National is keen to speak with individuals who have an interest in providing interpreting services and have good language skills in English and one or more of the following languages:
 
Anuak (alt Anyuak)
Armenian
Bari (alt Kiku/Beri) 
Congo Swahili
Falam Chin
Fijian
Fijian Hindi
Hakka Chinese
Kayah (alt Karenni)
Kirundi (alt Rundi/Urundi) 
Lingala
Liberian English
Ma’di [Uganda/South Sudan] 
Malayalam
Mara Chin
Matu Chin
Mongolian
Nuer
Pwo Eastern Karen
Samoan
Tedim Chin (alt Zomi [Myanmar]) 
Tetun (alt Tetum) 
Tibetan
Tongan
Ukrainian 
Uyghur (alt Uighur) 
Uzbek

Western Australia

Service providers with credentials in all languages are welcome to apply to join the panel.

Highest priorities
 
Albanian
Amharic
Bengali (alt Bangala) 
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Croatian
Czech
Dinka
Dutch
Filipino (alt Tagalog) 
French
German
Gurjarati
Hakka Chinese
Hindi
Hungarian
Indonesia
Italian
Japanese
Khmer 
Korean
Lao
Macedonian
Malayalam
Nepali
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Rohingya
Russian
Serbian
Somali
Spanish
Swahili
Tamil
Thai
Turkish

TIS National is keen to speak with individuals who have an interest in providing interpreting services and have good language skills in English and one or more of the following languages:
 
Acholi
Akan (alt Twi/Fanti) 
Anuak (alt Anyuak) 
Bari (alt Kuku/Beri) 
Bislama
Haitian Creole
Kannada (alt Kanarese)
Kayah (alt Karenni) 
Lingala
Ma’di [Uganda/South Sudan] 
Mon
Mongolian
Nuer
Samoan
Shona (alt Chishona) 
Syriac
Telugu
Tibetan
Tok Pisn

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 any NAATI credentials you hold 

  • 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 Working with Children Check from your state or territory of residence. Click here for more information

  • certified copies of 100 points of identification documentation. 

  • 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.