Translators convert written documents from one language to another while maintaining the precise meaning of the original text.
To become a translator you require fluent written language skills in English and fluent reading comprehension of at least one other language. You will also need to complete a VET or university qualification in translating. A number of institutions in Australia offer language courses or language majors. These courses can help you become qualified by developing the language skills needed to meet the entry requirements for a further course of study in translating. Entry to VET qualifications or degree courses usually requires you to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Most institutions in Australia offer language courses or language majors. Institutions have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
Translators may perform the following tasks:
Translators are employed, usually on a freelance basis, by federal, state and territory government departments concerned with immigration, defence, legal issues and law enforcement, social security and education. Organisations such as hospitals, banks, tourist agencies and private interpreting and translating firms may also employ translators on a contract or freelance basis. Permanent employment opportunities are limited, but are most likely found in law, finance and defence. Most translators in Australia are self-employed or work as freelancers, casuals or contractors. The most successful translators in Australia work for international clients using modern technology to service clients and collaborate with colleagues on projects.