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Interpreting and Translating


Provides information and data on the Interpreting and Translating sector, which is one component of the Government industry.

The Interpreting and Translating sector includes qualifications in oral (interpreting) and written (translating) conversion of a language other than English to English and vice versa. VET courses at a diploma and above level are offered in this area, though higher education training may be necessary for some roles in this sector.

Nationally recognised training for the Interpreting and Translating sector is delivered under the PSP  Public Sector Training Package.

For information on other government-related training, see the Government cluster page.

Information sourced from the Public Sector IRC's 2018 Industry Skills Forecast (forthcoming).

All data sources are available at the end of the page.

IRC and Skills Forecasts

Public Sector IRC

Employment trends

For information on employment trends, see the Government cluster page.

Training trends

Training snapshot

There was a rise in both program enrolments and program completions between 2014 and 2017 for Interpreting and Translating-related qualifications, with a substantial rise in 2017 compared to 2016. Program enrolments peaked at 21,441 in 2017.

All enrolments were at the diploma or above level with the Advanced Diploma of Translating having the greatest number of enrolments in 2017. All qualifications in this sector have an intended occupation of Translator or Interpreter.

In 2017, the vast majority of Interpreting and Translating-related qualifications were delivered by private training providers. The Advanced Diploma of Interpreting was the only qualification to show a different pattern, with about a half of the training delivered by universities. The majority of subjects in Interpreting and Translating were delivered through domestic fee for service arrangements.

About a third of students enrolled in Interpreting and Translating-related qualifications in 2017 were from overseas. In Australia, Victoria had the highest proportion of students enrolled, followed by New South Wales.

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Industry insights

For analysis of skills needs and workforce demand, see the Government cluster page.

For industry insights related to Interpreting and Translating and related sectors, see the Government cluster page.

Links and resources

Below is a list of industry-relevant organisations and associations. Hyperlinks have been included where available.


Industry associations and advisory bodies

Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT)

National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI)

Data sources and notes

Training data has been extracted from the National VET Provider Collection, Total VET students and courses from the following training package or qualifications:

  • Public Sector Training Package
    • PSP60916 - Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)
    • PSP61110 - Advanced Diploma of Interpreting
    • PSP61112 - Advanced Diploma of Interpreting
    • PSP60816 - Advanced Diploma of Translating
    • PSP61010 - Advanced Diploma of Translating
    • PSP61012 - Advanced Diploma of Translating
    • PSP50916 - Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English)
    • PSP52410 - Diploma of Interpreting
    • PSP52412 - Diploma of Interpreting.

This includes superseded qualifications and training packages.

Data covers a range of selected student and training characteristics in the following categories and years:

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 program enrolments
  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 program completions.

Total VET students and courses data is reported for the calendar year. Program enrolments are the qualifications, courses and skill-sets in which students are enrolled in a given period. For students enrolled in multiple programs, all programs are counted. Program completion indicates that a student has completed a structured and integrated program of education or training. Location data uses student residence. Subject enrolment is registration of a student at a training delivery location for the purpose of undertaking a module, unit of competency or subject. For more information on the terms and definitions, please refer to the Total VET students and courses: terms and definitions document.

Low counts (less than 5) are not reported to protect client confidentiality.

Percentages are rounded to one decimal place. This can lead to situations where the total sum of proportions in a chart may not add up to exactly 100%.


Updated: 29 Nov 2018
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