The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC) is offering scholarships to suitable applicants enrolled in the Diploma of Interpreting at RMIT University in Melbourne. Scholarship recipients will receive $2,000. This amount will cover the cost of the course fees for a Government-funded place in the course.
The following languages are being targeted for 2012 - Dinka, Kirundi, Nepali, Oromo, Somali and Tedim (Chin).
These languages are particularly relevant to the Sudanese, Burundian, Nepalese, Ethiopian, Somali, Burmese and Chin communities.
To apply for scholarships, applicants should be fluent in English and one of the languages being offered. The RMIT courses are approved by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Students who complete the course with a grade of 70 per cent or higher can obtain NAATI paraprofessional accreditation. NAATI accreditation is the only qualification officially accepted for interpreters. Applications close 1 December 2011.