Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update

This is a rapidly changing situation, so please visit this page for regular updates.

Information for Interpreters and Translators

Last update: 11th March 2020, 11AM AEST

Dear Interpreter,

Following my earlier email, I write to advise you of the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For the latest government advice on COVID-19, please refer to the following sites –

  • The Australian Department of Health advice can be foundHERE
  • The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services advice can be foundHERE
  • The Queensland Government advice can be found HERE
  • The Western Australia Department of Health advice can be found HERE
  • The NSW Health advice can be found HERE
  • The South Australian Health advice can be found HERE

The advice is regularly updated and can assist in understanding the virus, how it is being handled and where you can find additional information.

Effective immediately, any interpreters who meet the following criteria MUST NOT accept or undertake Onsite face-to-face interpreting work if any of the criteria applies to you:

  • Interpreters who have arrived out of mainland China, Iran or South Korea for 14 days after leaving either of these countries,
  • Interpreters who have been in close contact with a person who has been in China, Iran or South Korea in the previous 14 days. Close contact is defined as touching, kissing, hugging or other intimate contact.
  • Interpreters who are unwell and have recently travelled to one of the following locations:
    • Northern Italy
    • Japan
    • Mongolia
  • Interpreters who are diagnosed with Novel Coronavirus until a medical clearance is provided.

If any of these apply to you, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival into Australia.

Please make contact with All Graduates on (03) 9605 3000 immediately if any of the above applies to you. You will need to return bookings so that All Graduates can re-allocate these bookings.

Once the 14 day self-quarantine has elapsed and you are ready to return to work, a medical certificate must be provided to All Graduates before attending any onsite face-to-face work.

Appropriate hygiene practices, particularly regarding hand washing, coughing and sneezing are the most effective precaution.

People with COVID-19 may experience fever, flue-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, headache and may have difficulties breathing. Should you present with these symptoms, even in a mild form, please stay home and consult your healthcare professional.

Thank you.

With every good wish, particularly for good health,

Ismail Akinci

Chief Executive Officer