AUSIT Form 888: New Membership Application

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Page 1 of 6: Instructions

IMPORTANT: This form will close on 30 June 2017. Please submit your application prior to that date.
This form is to be used by new applicants, and by previous members whose membership has lapsed by more than six months, who are seeking admission to the member, candidate or associate category.
  • If you wish to apply for student membership, please use the Student Membership Application form.
  • If you are a current AUSIT member and wish to change your membership category, please do not use this form. Visit your MyAUSIT and select the appropriate forms from there.

Based on the information provided in this form, AUSIT will assign you to the appropriate membership category, provided that you meet the basic eligibility criteria.

AUSIT strongly recommends that you save your application frequently by using the Save my progress and resume later checkbox/link. You will be asked to provide your email address and choose a password. You will receive an email notification once your application has been saved for resumption at a later time. Please note that simply using the "Next Page" button to progress to the next page will not save your application. Any applications not submitted within one month may be deleted from the system without further warning.

The data collected in this form is gathered in accordance with our privacy policy for the purpose of assessing your application, assigning you to the correct AUSIT membership category and administering your membership thereafter.

Page 2 of 6: Personal Details

Previous AUSIT Membership
If you have been a member in the past, and your membership ceased less than 6 months ago, please contact our Secretariat to find out how to pay your membership fees. If your membership ceased more than 6 months ago, you need to lodge a full application for admission to AUSIT again.
Applicant Details
Overseas Applicants:
As a close connection to Australia is a requirement for AUSIT membership, overseas applicants need to explain their connection to Australia. Overseas applicants also need to select a branch and explain their reasons for selecting that branch:
Resumé
Your resumé is an integral part of your membership application. You should particularly ensure that you include any employment / experience that is directly relevant to T/I practice, as this is an important part of the criteria that are assessed for admission to AUSIT, and may affect the membership category to which you are admitted.

Page 3 of 6: Translating and Interpreting Qualifications

NAATI Accreditation/Recognition
NAATI certification is not a prerequisite for membership in AUSIT. NAATI-equivalent qualifications are acceptable.
Note: NAATI certification, for the purpose of this application form, includes the traditional NAATI accreditation and recognition.
AUSIT will verify your NAATI certifications and add your NAATI certified language pairs to your AUSIT record. You do not need to provide your NAATI language pairs in this application form.

Do not enter a NAATI number if:
  • you have never held NAATI certification, OR
  • you have applied for it but have not yet been tested/processed, OR
  • you have been tested but not passed.
Other Formal Translating and Interpreting Qualifications
Other T/I Qualifications and Credentials
Any online verification must be published by the organization that has issued the accreditation. Third party providers such as proz.com are not accepted.
Language 1 Direction: Language 2: Level: Skills:
Membership of other T/I professional associations
Important: NAATI is not a professional association and therefore you cannot be a member of NAATI. Applications which claim that the applicant is a member of NAATI will be rejected by the system.

Page 4 of 6: Translating and Interpreting Experience and Industry Involvement

Intention to Practise
Important: the following question asks you about your intention to practise T&I. Practise here refers to actually translating and interpreting, and not to associated activities such as managing a T&I agency or engage others to do T&I work.
Experience
Experience as a T/I can be either paid or as a volunteer, and can include:
  • work prior to studies or to gaining NAATI certification;
  • practicum components built into the T/I coursework at a TAFE or university;
  • work as a translator and/or interpreter since gaining NAATI certification or since graduating from a T/I course at a TAFE or university; and/or
  • work involving supervision of T/Is (such as liaison officer, booking officer, office manager, or editor, at a T/I agency or similar organisation) since gaining NAATI certification or since graduating from a T/I course at a TAFE or university.
Interest in the profession

Page 5 of 6: Other Qualifications

Other formal, non-T/I qualifications
Optionally, you may list in this section any other degrees / diplomas you hold that are not directly T/I-related.
This information will not form part of the assessment of your eligibility for admission, but is intended to give AUSIT a better picture of the backgrounds of its members.
Membership of other (non-T/I) professional associations
Optionally, you may list in this section any memberships of other professional associations, that are not directly T/I-related. This information will not form part of the assessment of your eligibility for admission, but is intended to give AUSIT a better picture of the backgrounds of its members.

Page 6 of 6: References and Declaration

Character References
One of the conditions of being a member of AUSIT is being of good fame and character. Please nominate one or more (up to three) referees who have consented to AUSIT contacting them by email to vouch for your good fame and character.  These referees do not necessarily have to come from the translation and interpreting field, although that would be preferred (e.g. clients, agencies, lecturers...).
Please note that persons with perceived conflicts of interest (friends, relatives, business partners, employees, subordinates...) are not suitable referees.
Character Reference:
Written Testimonals (optional)
You may add written testimonials to your application. This is optional.
Declaration
  • I agree to be bound by the rules of the Institute, including its Constitution and by-laws, in force at any time during my membership.
  • I have read and I undertake to actively support and implement the objects of the institute.
  • I understand that AUSIT membership is my personal membership and I undertake not to use my membership to give rise to the impression that any company, whether owned or controlled by me or not, is a member of AUSIT.
  • I understand that, in order to continue to be a member or a candidate, I need to engage in Continuing Professional Development as may from time to time be determined by the National Council.
  • I consent to being contacted by phone, email or SMS regarding my application, and I authorise AUSIT to contact one or more of my referees.
  • I undertake to pay the due membership fees and application fees within one month of being admitted to the Institute; I am aware that these fees are pro-rated to expire on 30 June in the year following the year in which my application has been approved.
  • In the event of me being admitted as a member, my name will be published in the online directory. [You can contact our administration after your admission to AUSIT if you do not wish for this to happen].
  • I confirm that all information provided is true to the best of my knowledge.
  • I acknowledge that this form is legally binding on me without a signature.

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