Have your say on the professional standards that New Zealand should

adopt for interpreting and translation

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and  Employment, in partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs is developing professional interpreter and translator standards for New Zealand.  In time, the standards will enhance the quality of interpreting and translating in New Zealand, by informing and influencing the training and assessment that is required to work as an interpreter or translator for government agencies. 

The survey aims to get feedback from interpreters and translators on whether the professional standards identified in the survey are those which we should be using for New Zealand. These same standards were adopted by NAATI (Australia’s National Accreditation Agency for Translators and Interpreters) in December 2016 after consultation (using a very similar survey) with interpreters and translators in Australia. 

This work is part of the wider Language Assistance Services Project which has an information webpage on the Immigration New Zealand website: ( We recommend that you go to this page first to get an appreciation of the overall project. From that page you can access the link to the survey. We strongly encourage you to complete it.

When you read the above webpage you will see that there is a second survey for a different stream of work that is looking at procurement.  This survey is being conducted independently of MBIE and DIA by MartinJenkins and is exploring, in a completely confidential way:

  •  What type of work you do and for who
  •  The pay you receive
  •  Any issues of problems you have

There is a link on that section of the webpage to enlist to take the MartinJenkins survey and we encourage you to do that as well if you can.

These surveys close at 8am on Thursday 17 August 2017.

Thank you.

Take part in the Standards Survey

(NB: the survey is quite long, but you can exit if you run out of time, and return to it later.)

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