The South Australian Government has developed the South Australian Policy Framework: Aboriginal Languages Interpreters and Translators to demonstrate its commitment to ‘Closing the Gap’, through providing a coordinated policy approach across South Australian Government agencies and services for the effective provision and use of Aboriginal languages interpreting and translating services.
The policy’s objectives are:
- to ensure that South Australian Government agencies and services acknowledge, understand and respond to the need for Aboriginal languages interpreters and translators by Aboriginal people for whom English is a barrier to effective communication and understanding
- to improve awareness across government and in the community of the availability of Aboriginal languages interpreters and translators for use in communication, consultation and service delivery
- to assist in the development of an effective, coordinated Aboriginal languages interpreting and translating system that is readily accessible to Aboriginal people and State Government agencies and services
- to apply minimum standards across government agencies and government services regarding the provision of Aboriginal languages interpreters and translators
- to reduce the disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal people for whom English and/or culture is a barrier in communicating and consulting with government agencies and services.