There is currently a severe shortage of Maltese interpreters in Victoria. We understand that there is only one Maltese interpreter who has National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) qualifications. The Victorian Government is offering scholarships of $3,250 to students who are accepted into the Advanced Diploma of Interpreting program at RMIT University to study interpreting in the Maltese language. The Maltese Community Council of Victoria encourages those proficient in the Maltese language to take advantage of this scholarship and consider a career in the field.
ADVANCED DIPLOMA OF INTERPRETING
The Advanced Diploma of Interpreting is a one year, part-time program, which begins in February 2016 and finishes in November 2016. Classes are held at RMIT University’s City campus in Melbourne. Classes may be held during the day or evening depending on the timetable.
RMIT PROGRAM FEES
The scholarship does not cover the full program fee. Students will be required to pay the balance of the program fee. The amount to be paid will depend on each student’s eligibility for a government-subsidised place or other concessions. For more information please contact:
RMIT University Info Corner, (Corner of Swanston and LaTrobe Streets, City campus) on 9925 2260 or visit them between 9:00am-5:30pm Monday-Friday.
To be eligible for a scholarship you must:
- be an Australian citizen, or have permanent residency *;
- be enrolled in the RMIT University Advanced Diploma of Interpreting in one of the languages targeted in 2016; and
- remain enrolled and meet attendance requirements for each unit at RMIT for the duration of the program in 2016.
* However. consideration will be given to applications from asylum seekers.
Eligible students will be formally offered scholarships in February 2016. Scholarships will be paid after the RMIT enrolment census date of 31st March 2016.
Students who successfully complete the program and attain a pass rate of 70% or above in certain interpreting accrediting units will be eligible for Professional Interpreter accreditation by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
Detailed information about NAATI accreditation will be provided by RMIT after enrolment. The cost of NAATI accreditation will be paid by the Victorian Government.
HOW TO APPLY TO RMIT
Apply to RMIT University no later than 30 November 2015 by completing an online ‘Direct Application’ on the RMIT University website:
You must indicate the language you are applying for in the personal statement section on the application.
If you have any questions when completing your online application, contact RMIT University Info Corner on 9925 2260.
For more details, click here to download a copy of the Government flyer and Expression of Interest form.