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Interpreter Career Information

Occupation statistics

12,800 social professionals (including interpreters) in Australia1

3,400 social professionals (including interpreters) in Victoria (26.6%)1

Average gross weekly earnings AUD$9202

Average weekly hours 37.03

View the Job Outlook website for career and labour market research information on this occupation.

Simultaneous interpreting equipment: microphone and voice recorder 

Victoria is currently offering visa nomination for eligible interpreters. To be eligible to apply interpreters must meet Victoria's minimum eligibility requirements and address the nomination assessment requirements for the occupation.  See the Occupation Lists for more information.

More detailed information about applying for Victorian Government visa nomination is available in the Visas and Immigration section.


Licensing and registration

There are no licensing or registration requirements for interpreters working in Victoria. NAATI accreditation however is required.


Industry contacts

Professional bodies and industry associations are a good source of information about interpreters in Victoria.


Finding a job

Social professionals (including interpreters) are employed across several industries including: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; Education and Training; and Health Care and Social Assistance.3

Tip

We suggest that you only apply for jobs when your visa to live and work in Australia has been issued. The visa application process can take time, and employers are less likely to employ you if you don’t know when you will arrive in Australia and don’t have a work visa.

 

To search for Victorian recruiters who specialise in interpreters, visit the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Member Index.

For more general information on Victoria’s job market, including where and how to find jobs, and workplace culture, visit our Working and Employment section.


Migrating to Victoria

If you are not an Australian citizen you will need a visa to enter Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for all Australian visas.

Some visas require state nomination.  Victoria offers state nomination for eligible skilled migrants and business migrants



Australian skills assessment 

For information on obtaining an Australian skills or qualification assessment, and the licensing or registration requirements for practicing your occupation in Australia, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.


1 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook – Occupation pages – Employment levels. Retrieved March 22 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au

2 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages. Retrieved March 22 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au. Please note that wages will vary according to your level of skill and qualification. For more information about your wage earning potential, visit the job seeker sites listed above under Finding a Job.

3 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Job Outlook - Occupation pages - Prospects for Employment. Retrieved March 22 2012 from joboutlook.gov.au