Bilingual organisers wanted

Professionals Australia (including Translators and Interpreters Australia) is part of the union movement and we therefore support ACTU (Australian Council of Trade Unions) campaigns to achieve outcomes that benefit of our members.

The Change the Rules campaign is focused on building a more powerful movement in the ongoing pursuit of more secure work and higher pay for all workers. Goals that all TIA members share. The success of Change the Rules will stand to directly benefit the TIA campaign and therefore translators and interpreters.

Currently there is an opportunity for interpreters to participate as bilingual organisers to assist in the Change the Rules campaign. Language should not be a barrier to CALD communities in achieving their rights. It is important that CALD communities have a say in their working conditions.

This is a great opportunity for you to assist your communities and learn more about what it means to be union while supplementing your interpreting income at the same time.

Bilingual Organisers Wanted

The ACTU are running a week of radio and social media ads into certain communities inviting them to “tell us your story” as it relates to Change the Rules. We’d potentially look to use the stories in the campaign (with their consent), but at this stage the exercise is really to test whether this model of outreach works.
  • Dates: Monday 15 October to Thursday 18 October*
  • Hours: 4pm to 8pm
  • Location: Attendance at ACTU premises in the city or you may work from home.
  • Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic and Korean.
  • Tools: Internet access and a phone.
* If you cannot cover the week, then you may nominate how many shifts you are available for.
  • Respond to inbound calls.
  • Review submissions coming in on the website.
  • Make outbound persuasion calls into those communities (script to be developed and provided to you).
  • Preparation & Briefing: Full briefing preparation and support will be provided.
  • Payment: This is a paid role and while it is not an interpreting role, the new Victorian Government rates will be considered in the setting of a fair and appropriate rate.
To register your interest, please email Niki Baras at Translators TIA members have also been providing translation support to ACTU and VTHC by offering their services directly at rates comparable to what they offer agencies.

The translated material is targeted at migrant workers in their communities.

If you would like to add your name to the list of preferred translators to work directly with the union movement, you can register by emailing Niki at

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