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Language and the Law II Conference

Posted by Liz Temple on 3 December 2015

The second Language and the Law Conference was recently hosted by the Supreme Court in Darwin and proved to be a great conference, bringing together professionals from a mix of disciplines from the Northern Territory and Australia.

The conference was held for interpreters and professionals who provide services to clients in Courts for whom English is not their first language. Over 200 delegates attended, including interpreters, interpreter trainers, judges and magistrates, lawyers, police officers, correctional officers, and linguists.

Key note speakers included:

  • The Hon Chief Justice Robert French AC (High Court of Australia)
  • Mr Russell Goldflam (President of the Criminal Lawyers Assoc NT) 
  • Professor Diana Eades (Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities)
  • Professor Sandra Hale (Professor of Interpreting and Translation, Uni of NSW, AUSIT National President)
  • and Dr Georgina Heydon (Forensic Linguist, Senior Lecturer RMIT)

NABS Professional NT Interpreter, Elizabeth Temple made a presentation on working with Deaf people in the justice system. Liz spoke about the diversity of language and communication modes used by Deaf people within the NT, highlighting best practice methods in working with interpreter teams and promoting awareness of the actions required to ensure greater access and equity throughout the justice system including at police and legal interviews, court and the prison environments including access to rehabilitation programs.

Some other highlights from the conference included:

  • The development of a plain English legal dictionary (developed by NAAJA, ARDS & AIS). This is a great resource for all interpreters working within the context of the law and is available at
  • Reverse role plays whereby two Judges and the President of the Criminal Lawyers Assoc NT were put in the position of being the accused with the Court being held in a different language. Some of this was aired by ABC television or viewed on youtube
  • Professor Hale discussed pragmatics and the delivery of meaning as opposed to word for word based interpreting
  • Redrafting charges into plain English by Ms Elizabeth Morris SM Magistrates Court NT
  • The development of a Police Caution App available in a variety of Aboriginal languages which gets delivered to police on their Ipads.
  • Vicarious trauma and burnout and the requirement to develop appropriate support, supervision and training for interpreters in this field
  • The use and development of visual supports for defendants, victims and witnesses who experience greater communication vulnerability in the Courtroom setting.
  • The potential use of technology, including videoconferencing pros and cons.

The conference will be held again in another two years.

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NRS app Survey

Posted on 27 November 2015

The National Relay Service (NRS) launched an app in December 2014 and are calling all users of the app to complete a Survey.

If you have used the app and would like to provide your feedback, please complete the Survey here.

Participants will go into a draw to win a prize.

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NDIS New World Conference showcases disability technology

Posted on 20 November 2015
The NDIS World Conference - Disability in the 21st Century was held at the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre from 27-29 October and proved to be a big success.

The conference was held by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and brought together 1500 people with disabilities, service providers, IT professionals and companies to share in the technology revolution in disability services.

Sign language interpreters were on hand to ensure Deaf people could participate in and learn about the technological advancements that could improve their lives. 

The Apple Accessibility House proved to be popular - a purpose-built interactive exhibit which showcased the latest 'accessible' technologies. The house was separated into zones and was able to demonstrate how assistive devices, apps and accessories could help people with a disability do more around the home.  Sign language interpreters were on hand to help Deaf people learn and experience the

This was a groundbreaking event and we welcome you to visit the NDIS New World Conference website to learn more.

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NSW Government's Auslan video about NDIS in NSW

Posted on 29 October 2015

The NSW Government has created a video in Auslan about NDIS in NSW.

Visit NSW Government NDIS website to view the video, 

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NDIS New World: Disability in the 21st Century Conference

Posted on 21 October 2015

The NDIS New World Conference is fast approaching. The conference will be held at the Bisbane Conference & Exhibition Centre from 27-29 October.

This groundbreaking conference will be an opportunity for people with a disability, technology experts, entrepreneurs, policy makers and service providers to come together. There will be an exhibition and trade show with top national and international speakers.

Make sure you drop by our NABS / NICSS Exhibition Stand and talk to us about how we can help you with your interpreting needs. 

For further information, visit NDIS New World.

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