During the recent natural disasters the Australian public witnessed the importance of the role that our language professionals play in making communication happen in this part of the Asia Pacific Region. Images of Auslan interpreters were beamed around the world as they interpreted the words of Premier Anna Bligh at press conferences during the Brisbane floods. Australian translators provided ad-hoc translations during the Yasi Cyclone threat to keep Qld’s multicultural population up to date, and again during the Christchurch Earthquake aftermath, translators and interpreters worked around the clock to assist with rescue and recovery operations. With life now hopefully returning to its relatively uneventful pace, it is time to evaluate the efforts and direct the spotlight on the most outstanding performers. This is the purpose of the National Excellence Awards of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT). AUSIT invites the public to get involved. On Friday 11 November a translator and interpreter D-Day Expo will be held in University House at the Australian National University, with talks from leading Australian translating and interpreting professionals, demonstrations of innovative technologies, and opportunities to try out new products and learn about new methods. In the evening a Gala Dinner will be held in The Hall at University House, with the presentation of awards for excellence in translating and interpreting in six categories to outstanding Australian language professionals. Nominations are now open for individuals, teams or organisations with projects that demonstrates excellence in the language services. Forms and guidelines can be found at www.ausitawards.org. About Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) Founded in 1987, the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) is a not-for-profit, national professional association representing translators and interpreters across Australia. AUSIT’s mission is to promote the profession and to enhance the quality of delivery of translating and interpreting services.
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