Free Interpreting Service for Parliamentarians

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Parliamentarians and their staff can access the Free Interpreting Service to communicate with constituents.

As elected representatives, parliamentarians have a duty to communicate with their constituents, especially to advocate on their behalf. Parliamentarians can use credentialed interpreters to communicate complex or technical information to communities or individuals who have limited or no English language proficiency.

Eligibility

All Australian parliamentarians and their staff are eligible to access the Free Interpreting Service if the parliamentarian is:

  • a current serving member of any federal, state or territory parliament. This includes Members of Parliament, Senators, Members of Legislative Assemblies and Legislative Councils.
  • using the service to communicate with anyone in Australia who has a Medicare card.

The Free Interpreting Service can be used for constituency purposes, including but not limited to: 

  • community consultations and forums
  • advocating on behalf of a constituent.

The Free Interpreting Services cannot be used for:

  • campaigning, party membership drives, fundraising or other party related activities
  • communicating with people who are not eligible for Medicare, such as tourists, temporary work visa holders and international students.

Register for a client code

Each parliamentarian will need a unique client code to access the service.

To register for a client code, complete the online client registration form on the TIS National website, or allow a few extra minutes the first time you use the service.

You can also register by contacting TIS National on 1300 575 847.

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Download the Free Interpreting Service - Parliamentarians information sheet

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