HOW DO I BOOK A SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER?
There are a number of different agencies who can book sign language interpreters depending on the situation in which you require the interpreter. See below the agencies which provide interpreting services and the situations for which they provide.
Sign Language Communications NSW & ACT (SLC NSW/ACT)
SLC NSW/ACT provides interpreters for a range of contexts including:
- Workplace meetings / training
- Government departments
- Corporate functions
- Parent / school interviews
- Education settings
For further information about their service you can contact SLC NSW/ACT.
Phone: 1300 123 752
The Community Relations Commission (CRC)
The Community Relations Commission provides interpreters for appointments in the following contexts:
- Police and Court matters (including emergencies)
- Government departments / Business organisations
- Licence testing
For further information about their service you can contact the CRC.
Phone: 1300 651 500
Fax: (02) 8355 6711
TTY: (02) 8255 6758
Health Care Interpreter Service (HCIS)
The Health Care Interpreter Service in each area health service provides interpreters for health or medical appointments in the public health care system. For example:
- Public hospital (including emergencies)
- Public dental hospital
- Psychiatric hospital
- Government Health funded service
For further details about booking interpreters and recruitment of interpreters, contact the Interpreter Coordinator at the Health Care Interpreter Service (HCIS) within your area health service.
N.B: Each Health Care Interpreter Service has its own list of interpreters.
National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service (NABS)
NABS is funded by the Department of Family and Community Services and is an Australia-wide service that is free of charge to medical practitioners and their patients. The service commenced on 31st January 2005 and provides interpreters for private medical appointments. For example:
- Local Doctor (GP) and Specialists
- Private Dentist or Optometrist
- Private hospital
- Other health, e.g. counselling, physiotherapy, mental health, audiologist, Occupational therapist, podiatrist.
For further information about their service you can contact NABS.
Phone: 1 800 24 69 45
Fax: 1 800 24 69 14
TTY: 1 800 24 69 48
SMS: 0427 67 261