Friday, November 22nd, 2013

AUSIT Excellence Awards

AUSIT hosted their Excellence Awards on 16 November 2013 in Melbourne.

The awards aim at encouraging best practice in Translation & Interpreting, professionalism, dedication to quality, innovation and outstanding contribution to the industry. And the winners are:


Outstanding Contribution to the Translating & Interpreting Industry

Recognising a project/activity making a significant difference to our industry. May be anything from a new interpreter booking system to a university course in T/I or ground-breaking research.

2013 Winner SBS Subtitling and PPU Preparation for their ground-breaking deployment of LOTE subtitles in programs aiming to speak directly to multiple generations of multilingual Australians about important social issues.


Excellence in Translating

Recognising a work of translation, in any area, demonstrating an ethical approach and high-level research skills, problem solving, job management, quality control and all other aspects involved in the translator's work. Team translations are also eligible.

2013 Winner Catherine Manning Muir  for the translation of one of the earliest examples of pre-independence Indonesian literature, Hikayat Siti Mariah (The Saga of Siti Mariah).
Runner-up:Elizabeth Meister for translation of screenplay for the feature film Lore


Excellence in Interpreting

Recognising the work of an individual or team, in either a single assignment or a group of related assignments. Excellence to be demonstrated not only in interpreting, but in all aspects of the assignment, including preparation, management, interaction with client and ethical standards.

2013 Joint Winners

Chin Communications Team - Charles Qin, Joseph Li Tu & Bruce Leifu Song (Dairy Australia Greater China Scholarship Program project), and

Yveline Piller & John Benson (Australia-Africa Partnerships Facility project).


Outstanding Contribution to Indigenous Interpreting and Translation

Acknowledging a project/activity in this specific area of T/I. As well as performance, the jury may consider how the project promotes engaging translators/interpreters working in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island languages. Responses to challenges will be appraised during the assessment.

2013 Winner  Independent & General (I&G) Pty Ltd.  I&G has pioneered the use of portable VOIP recording technology through regional and remote Australia and this technology has resulted in significant gains for Indigenous interpreting and translating.


Paul Sinclair Award for Outstanding Contribution to AUSIT
2013 Winner: Christian Schmidt for his work on the Code of Ethics, and translation theory workshops.


AUSIT noted ‘the ongoing success of the AUSIT Excellence Awards could not be achieved without the support of AUSIT members and all industry stakeholders, who make a significant contribution to this event. This is a unique opportunity to reach thousands of language professionals in Australia and gain exposure to language service providers, users, training institutions, government and corporate industry stakeholders.’


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The Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) is the national association for the translating and interpreting profession.

AUSIT holds events and training workshops throughout the year including the biennial signature events, AUSIT National Biennial Conference and the AUSIT Excellence Awards to provide members the best opportunities to grow as translators & interpreters.
Annamaria Arnall
P: 0410415636

Julie Allen

P: 03 9389 0303


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