Financial Support


From time-to-time, ASLIA offers financial support to its members as well as to interpreting communities in the Australasia/Oceania regions.

The Creating Opportunities Fund has a strong history of offering support to our colleagues living within our shared geographic region. As well, with the support of deafness sector organisations, ASLIA has been able to assist some of its members to attend the ASLIA National Conference (ANC).

ASLIA itself has very limited funds at its disposal. It is important for members to remember that whilst ASLIA collects your membership fees, it passes 80% of your membership fee to your state branch. It is for this reason that ASLIA does not have a Bursary of its own.

Finally, ASLIA provides infrastructure support for the Kathy Walsh Memorial Sponsorship, which does provide certain ASLIA and SLIANZ members with the opportunity to attend the ANC.


Creating Opportunities Fund

Interpreters in Australia are fortunate to be able to access training opportunities, have health and safety supports, a Code of Ethics, and to be paid for their work. However, signed language interpreters in developing countries may not share these benefits. Therefore, to support our colleagues in developing nations, the ASLIA Creating Opportunities Fund (COF) was established in 2007.

The Fund provides support to interpreters — and by extension, to the Deaf communities — from developing countries (or countries developing their interpreter profession) in the Australasia/Oceania region. Stage one of this project has provided the opportunity for interpreters from countries in the region to come to Australia for professional development and networking opportunities, including attending the ANC and ITNS. In 2014, the Fund shifted to stage two, which provides for the sending of Australian interpreter trainers to developing countries to deliver professional development.

It is hoped that the Creating Opportunities Fund initiative will receive financial support from interpreter associations, interpreting agencies and from individuals. These donations are essential to the fund to provide support to eligible interpreters.


ASLIA Legacy Fund

The ASLIA Legacy is a bursary established in memory of Benjamin Souter who sadly passed away in February 2018. Ben, as he was known to most of us, was a talented interpreter practitioner and trainer, with a passion and commitment to the mentoring of trainee interpreters.

The ASLIA Legacy will recognise Ben’s and other deceased ASLIA member contributors who were committed to the advancement of sign language interpreting in Australia.

Recipients of the ASLIA Legacy will be awarded $500 per year, to one successful member applicant for the purpose of mentoring. The fund is intended to ensure the memory of our deceased colleagues.

Donations are gratefully accepted and can be made to this fund at any time.

In memory of:

Benjamin Souter (Melbourne, Victoria)

For more information, go to ‘The ASLIA Legacy Fund’ page.


Kathy Walsh Memorial Sponsorship

Kathy Walsh (nee Hassan), was an Auslan-English Interpreter and ASLIA member, who actively engaged in Professional Development (PD) throughout her career, and also encouraged many other practitioners to undertake PD.

The Kathy Walsh Memorial Sponsorship (KWMS) provides $500 towards one ASLIA National Conference (ANC) 2018 registration to specifically support a member to engage in 2.5 days of PD, learning, networking and socialising with other delegates.

The KWMS is aimed at current ASLIA members who are NAATI Certified Provisional Interpreters (Auslan and English) at the time of submitting the application and still hold this certification at ANC 2018. It is also aimed at current Sign Language Interpreters Association of New Zealand (SLIANZ) members who have completed either the Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting or Bachelor of Arts NZSL-English Interpreting at the time of submitting the application.

Applications closes 5.00pm (AEST) 16 May 2018.


ASLIA and SLIANZ support PNG

Sign language interpreting in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is relatively new; relative to the situation in Australia and in other countries where the sign language interpreting has been around for some time.

Historically the function of interpreting was carried out by Teachers of the Deaf who used a more Signed English form for instruction and communication, the effect of which still remains today. But things are changing. In 2015, WFD President Colin Allen visited the PNG Deaf community (at the invitation of Light for the World – an international disability and development organisation whose vision is an inclusive society where no one is left behind). He spent a week in PNG to visit the deaf program including the deaf education and sign language development work supported by the Light for the World through Callan Services. On their final day of the week, there was a brainstorming meeting about future project development on Deaf Rights, Sign Language Work, Sign Language Teachers, Sign Language Interpreters, Deaf Education and PNG Sign Language Recognition.

Since then much has happened. Deaf leaders from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand have been working closely with the PNG Deaf community to assist in the building of capacity and the very first interpreter training program took place over one week in March 2017. The training program was run by Mr Zane Hema and coincided with a visit by Mr Krishneer Sen from Fiji working with Deaf leaders and so part of the very first training program was co-taught with both Deaf and hearing participants. He returned twice in 2018 to conduct further one-week training programs in June and November and is scheduled to return again in October 2019.

The book Sign Language Interpreting: Theory & Practice in New Zealand and Australia by Jemina Napier, Della Goswell and Rachel McKee has been one of the main references for the training. As talks now begin on plans to develop some form of assessment to test interpreter’s knowledge and skills, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that interpreters throughout the country have access to this important resource.

It is with great pleasure to announce that both ASLIA and SLIANZ have both agreed to contribute the funds that will allow 20 copies of the book to be purchased and to delivered to PNG in time for the next training program. How great it is to see both Associations are supporting their colleagues in PNG this way. Thank you ASLIA and SLIANZ!