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Quality and Integrity in the Translation of Official Personal Documents

In-Person and Streamed Lecture by A/Prof Mustapha Taibi & A/Prof Uldis Ozolins - Western Sydney University


The translation of official personal documents is a largely unresearched and rarely commented upon domain of translation. Whether these are identity documents, educational qualifications, driver licences or employment records, translation of such documents directly affects both the document bearer and the institutions to which they are submitted to gain recognition of an anticipated status. In this presentation, we are going to report the findings of a recent research project on the translation of official documents. Our research documented the various issues that arise in their translation, performed a quality analysis of a large sample of such translations, and developed a set of recommendations for translators, for language service providers, and for end user institutions, which we present for discussion.

This study was funded by Multicultural NSW and the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).


Registration Fee:

  • (CLOSED) Option 1 $20 inc GST - In-Person Attendees Only at All Graduates Training Facilities in Melbourne (Bookings are essential. A networking session and finger food will be provided after the lecture).

  • Option 2 FREE - Watch via the online stream on our Conversations YouTube Channel at this link -


Presented By:

Associate Professor Mustapha Taibi, Western Sydney University

Mustapha Taibi is an Associate Professor of Interpreting and Translation at Western Sydney University, and Editor-in-Chief of Translation & Interpreting. He has conducted a number of studies on community interpreting and translation. His recent publications include Community Translation (co-authored with Uldis Ozolins, Bloomsbury, 2016), Translating for the Community (Multilingual Matters, 2018), Multicultural Health Translation, Interpreting and Communication (Routledge, 2019, co-edited with Meng Ji and Ineke Crezee), and Translating Cultures (Routledge, 2021, co-authored with David Katan).



Associate Professor Uldis Ozolins, Western Sydney University

Uldis Ozolins is an academic researcher, author and teacher, and a translation practitioner. He is co-author with Mustapha Taibi of Community Translation (Bloomsbury 2016), and co-author with Adolfo Gentile and Mary Vasilakakos of Liaison Interpreting (Melbourne University Press 1996). He has published widely on interpreting, translation, language service policy and language policy. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at Western Sydney University.



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LIVE STREAM ATTENDEES are eligible for PD points, however we will not issue a certificate. You can check with NAATI what can be accepted as evidence i.e. screenshots, statutory declaration that you have viewed the lecture. 



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