CHS: Proposed changes to Interpreter Services

  • Published March 20, 2023

Canberra Health Services is proposing changes to Interpreter Services.

The 4 proposed changes are:

  1. CHS to employ two dedicated administration officers to manage and oversee interpreting services.
  2. Establishing one or two staff interpreter positions.
  3. Exploring options of expanding the number of organisations CHS use to book interpreters.
  4. NAATI Certified staff (in roles other than interpreter) may opt in to be included on a contact list to be used as interpreters and receive an allowance, when already on a rostered shift and with their manager’s approval.

You can view the correspondence at the below link:

What do you think?

It’s important for union members to lead this discussion. How will this affect you? Please send your feedback on this proposal to [E-Mail not displayed] by Thursday 30 March using the subject line CHS Interpreter Services.

If no members raise concerns, the Union may take no action in response to the proposal.

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