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Interpreters

If you require an interpreter at a hearing, you should contact SAT as soon as you can, before a hearing.

The following methods of interpretation are used in SAT:

  • consecutive interpreting (interpreter listens to a speaker, takes notes while listening and then interprets while the speaker pauses) - generally used when interpreting the evidence of a witness;
  • simultaneous whispered interpreting (interpreter listens and interprets ongoing statements, with the interpretation usually a few seconds behind the speaker) - generally used to interpret for a party;
  • simultaneous AUSLAN interpreting (see Appendix 1) - generally used for deaf or hearing impaired people; and
  • language assistance (where a party or witness does not require an interpreter at all times, but may, from time to time, have difficulty in fully understanding what is being said or inaccurately conveying their response in spoken English).

Who organises and pays for an interpreter?

If SAT considers that a party or witness:

  • whose first language is a language other than English, or
  • who is deaf or hearing impaired,

requires the assistance of an interpreter to be able to take part in a SAT hearing or to give evidence, SAT will arrange for an appropriate interpreter to attend the hearing and will pay the cost charged by the interpreter.

Guardianship and Administration (GAA) matters

The SAT application form invites the applicant to indicate whether anyone attending the hearing will need an interpreter and what language or dialect they speak.

SAT staff also check the Doctors Guide, the Primary Carer and Social Worker Guide and the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) Report (if available) to assess whether an interpreter is required.

The notice of hearing sent by SAT to the parties also invites the parties to advise SAT prior to the hearing if there is a need for an interpreter.

Non-GAA Matters

The applicant may identify the need for an interpreter in the SAT application form.

The notice of hearing sent by SAT to the parties invites the parties to advise SAT prior to the hearing if there is a need for an interpreter.

Parties may also raise the need for an interpreter at the directions hearing.

Last updated: 19-Dec-2013

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