The Wordsmith of Oz
Writer, Translator, Teacher

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Professional and personal development is something I engage in widely and encourage others to do the same. Beware the translator who thinks they know all, and do not need to learn more. And yet our professional environment is changing very fast, with new technologies and legislation, standards and economic changes happening faster that we can count them.
Keep coming back to this page to find out where my next workshops, as well as other professional development activities for translators and interpreters, are being held in Australia (or online).
AUSIT Industry Excellence Awards and AUSIT D-DAY, Adelaide, 6-7th November, 2009
This is the big gala event of the year.
The AUSIT National Excellence Awards 2009 will once again celebrate outstanding performance in the translating
and interpreting profession. The Awards acknowledge
excellence in 5 categories, namely :
"Excellence in Translating "
"Excellence in Interpreting "
"Outstanding Contribution to the industry "
"Outstanding Contribution to AUSIT "
"Outstanding Contribution to Indigenous Interpreting "
Information about the categories, criteria, nomination and submission forms and booking forms can be downloaded of the AUSIT website;
Don’t miss this opportunity to  have your work recognised and to enjoy the opportunity to stay connected over a sumptuous dinner!
 For more information:
This will be followed by First AUSIT D-DAY Expo
As part of the AUSIT EXCELLENCE AWARDS celebrations AUSIT will host the first ever expo for translators and interpreters. D-Day will combine exhibitions, CAT tools demonstrations, and workshops. It will be a stimulating and educational platform in which practitioners have the opportunity to keep abreast with all the latest technology and developments in the business world of interpreting and translating. Demonstrations include CAT Tools, software, ergonomics, e-Marketing, e-Networking, e-Courses, and Skype. There will be opportunities to purchase new products, self-study materials and books, etc. Moreover, delegates will receive an AUSIT showbag and a free online Macquarie Dictionary license for 6 months! Want to be the interpreter/translator of the 21st century and stay connected?

Attend D-Day – Australia’s first ever expo!

Please note D-Day will be held instead of the ProZ conference.

Registration has opened.

+ Mediation and Conflict: Translation and Culture in a Global Context, Monash University, Caulfield Campus , 8 ~ 10 July, 2009
The Organising Committee has plans for an exciting academic and social program. The conference will be preceded on 7th July by workshops on literary translation (in collaboration with AALITRA, the Australian Association for Literary Translation) and on broadcasting in a multilingual and multiplatform digital environment (in collaboration with SBS, Australia's multicultural and multilingual public broadcaster).
To register go to the conference website.
+ AUSIT ORIENTATION DAY in NSW, University of Western Sydney,
   Bankstown Campus, 15 August 2009, 12 - 5 PM
 The Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators Inc. (AUSIT) cordially invites all
interpreters and translators to come to this special AUSIT Orientation Day. The speakers
at this event are AUSIT members who are interpreters/translators. The event is designed
to facilitate an environment for practitioners to network, and share acquired knowledge from
 peers on how to become a better and more successful interpreter/translator.   
A chance to discover your potential & be part of the TI profession!!
What it takes to be a successful translator - Sam Berner (QLD)
NSW practitioners will have a chance to hear from AUSIT's translation guru Sam Berner about
the tips on how to be a successful translator in the Australian & global market. Sam runs her
own business “Arabic Language Experts” and is the National PD Coordinator for AUSIT. Sam’s
specialties include translation, multi-lingual DTP, copywriting, & cultural consulting. Sam is a
dynamic speaker who enjoys sharing ideas with her peers.
Ethics & Me - A Panel Discussion
Facilitated by National President Sarina Phan, panel speakers Vice President Eva Hussain,
National Treasurer Louis Vorstermans, National PD Coordinator Sam Berner, will present
and discuss real life examples of the ethical dilemmas they have encountered as interpreters/
translators. A role-play will be conducted and practitioners will be invited to share their views
and participate in the discussions.
This is an opportunity for interpreters & translators to meet some of AUSIT’s National Council
Members to find out more about the organisation and the benefits of belonging. This free event
is a great opportunity to learn & network.
For catering purposes please register your attendance by contacting Shweta Desai on
1800 284 181 or