Translators and Interpreters CPD Events 2023

Online Events


Psychosocial Risks in Your Workplace

Interpreters’ exposure to vicarious trauma in the workplace has been well documented and much discussed.
Missing from those conversations are the occupational health responsibilities of employers, LSPs, and the organisations that engage you to perform your role. Psychosocial hazards are just as important as physical hazards and must be dealt with in the workplace.

Tuesday 18th April
5:30 - 7:30pm AEST
Remote Interpreting - Consultation, technology and protocols

This session will look at the shift from f2f to remote interpreting and the impact on interpreters. We will also explore ways of managing as well as, driving change. Translators have worked remotely forever and are encouraged to join in and share their stories too.

Tuesday 16th May
5:30 - 7:30pm AEST
Modern Awards – What is the role of Awards and why they are important

Professionals Australia (TIA) and the Australian Industry Group, as the representative for LSPs, have made a joint application to the Fair Work Commission for the introduction of an Award.

Guest Presenter: Jacki Baulch, Senior Industrial Officer, Professionals Australia

Facilitator: Michela Sirianni

Tuesday 20th June
5:30 - 7:30pm AEST
Artificial Intelligence – The importance of AI and why it is and should continue to be topical for Translators and Interpreters

Artificial Intelligence or AI is big news. There are those for and those against. There are many assertions and a never-ending stream of commentary. Where does the truth lie?
Is AI relevant to T & I? If yes, how so? What are the impacts to the way we work, remuneration and the future of our profession?
An information laden session that will look at many aspects of AI in our industry, the implications, ramifications and possible steps forward.
A session with expert guest speaker Anthony Pym who will take us on an exploratory journey into ChatGPT4 followed by a discussion forum for you to ask those burning questions on this "hot" topic.

Presenter: Anthony Pym is Professor of Translation Studies at the University of Melbourne and has worked as a professional translator since 1989.
He holds a PhD in sociology and was President of the European Society for Translation Studies from 2010 to 2016.
Anthony has authored, co-authored or edited several books and articles in the general field of translation and intercultural communication.

Facilitator: Michela Sirianni – professional translator and interpreter for over 30 years.

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Tuesday 18th July
5:30 - 7:30pm AEST
What am I signing, certifying and agreeing to?

From affidavits and consent forms to the certification on your translations, T&I are regularly asked to sign away! What are the implications for translators and interpreters when they are asked to sign documents relating to their work?
How do we deal with situations where we might have concerns about signing? 
This session will focus on peer led discussion about all the matters and things that interpreters and translators are frequently asked to attest to

Facilitator: Michela Sirianni – professional translator and interpreter for over 30 years.

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     Non-member Register here

Tuesday 15th August.
5:30 - 7:30pm AEST

Translators in Conversation

A TIA forum for Translators to share ideas, views and discuss any challenges that the industry is currently facing with a view to identifying possible solutions.
Interpreters are also welcome to participate and discover what is common to both professions. Both professions can benefit from their combined solidarity to address their industry challenges.

Facilitator: Michela Sirianni – professional translator and interpreter for over 30 years.

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Tuesday 19th September
5:30 - 7:30pm AEST
Effective professional ethics stem from our professional role

How can we confidently appraise and resolve practical ethics issues/dilemmas in our day to day worklife? Addressing these quandaries within a role-based framework can shed light on the nature of the issue and provide a sound rationale for resolution. Participate in this CPD session and submit any dilemma you have faced or are dealing with and be a part of a robust discussion in an inclusive and safe forum.

Mary Vasilakos - Educator
Michela Sirianni - Professional Translator / Interpreter and Educator

Tuesday 17th October
5:30 - 7:30pm AEST
TBA Tuesday 19th November
5:30 - 7:30pm AEST

All sessions to open 10 minutes prior to start time.

In-person Events

State Date Time Venue Topic
 QLD  Wed 2 Aug  5pm - 8pm AEST  Level 2, Queensland Council of unions - 16 Peel Street, South Brisbane QLD  Networking event
 WA Wed 2 Aug  5:30PM WST  L6/445 Hay St, Perth  Work Health & Safety


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The power of your union

When you join your union, you contribute to a range of support and resources. It means you benefit when you need it, and you help when someone else needs it. This is how as union members, no matter where we work, we are never alone.

In recent months, Translators and Interpreters have had significant success individually and collectively. Here are just some examples of TIA members fighting for what is fair:


  • In February this year, we received advice from the Victorian State Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions acknowledging our submission where we argued that T&Is should be eligible for the sick pay guarantee and that they should be considered for inclusion in the scheme. Submissions arguing for inclusion in any future scheme for Portable Long Service Leave have also been made.
  • In March, TIA member, Patricia Argüello de Avila, attended a workshop hosted by the Queensland Government where she spoke powerfully about improving pay and conditions for T&I.
  • WA members are advocating for LSPs (agencies) who have contracts with Government to provide briefings for interpreters and translators.
  • TIA funded a research project that was produced by RMIT and which focuses on the issues facing T&I graduates who want a long-term, financially viable career in their chosen profession. This study contextualises the issues and it provides a strong argument for better pay and conditions in our profession.
  • In May this year, Organiser, Niki Baras joined an ACTU led delegation to Canberra where she spoke with MPs about the disadvantages T&I face under Government’s labour hire arrangements.
  • TIA is participating in consultations with the Federal Department of Home Affairs as part of Federal Government’s Multicultural Services review, which also includes language services. TIA will be advocating for reforms to build a sustainable language services industry, including improvements to your arrangements with TIS and Services Australia.
  • TIA is continuing to push for the Victorian Government’s recommended LanguageLoop transition to employment and an EBA.
  • The Federal Government, following much lobbying from unions across the board, has now implemented significant reforms to Fair Work legislation. Our member, Silvia Martinez, joined an ACTU delegation in Canberra in 2022 where she made strong representations for T&I at the preceding Jobs Summit. These reforms stand to create opportunities for change in the T&I sector.
  • Following the presentation of a workable proposal, TIA has joined the employer representative, AI Group, in a joint application for an Award for interpreters and translators who currently are not covered by an Award. An Award stands to bring T&I into the Fair Work system, which in turn, creates more opportunities to win better conditions.

This is merely a snapshot of the work we are doing and the success we have had so far. We can and will do more when we work together.