Since 2000, when it first began operating in Kununurra as Kimberley Interpreting Service (KIS), AIWA has been committed to bringing two-way understanding to interactions between WA Aboriginal language speakers and those responsible for delivering services across all fields of government and community services.
This service is now available across all regions of Western Australia – from Kununurra to the Pilbara, Goldfields, through to the western desert and the South West, and AIWA can provide translation and interpreting services in over 40 Aboriginal languages. Interpreters are accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
AIWA has offices in Perth and Broome, partnering support organisations across the State. It also has over 100 registered, trained and supported interpreters based in towns and communities across WA.
Speaking at the launch, Premier Mark McGowan said "Western Australia has a diverse range of Aboriginal languages and cultures. In fact, Aboriginal Interpreting WA provides an interpreting service in more than 40 Aboriginal languages which is essential given many Aboriginal people in remote areas speak English as their second, third or even fourth language.
The new service is currently being trialled through the WA Country Health Service on a six-month pilot program which enables Aboriginal interpreters to be on standby to support Aboriginal people and their families in hospitals across the Kimberley including Broome, Derby, Fitzroy, Halls Creek and Kununurra. Over 70 per cent of patients in Kimberley hospitals are Aboriginal, so this service will ensure they can speak their first language and feel safer and more respected.