Translating and interpreting

The WA 'I need an interpreter' card

If you find it hard to communicate in English, then the Western Australian 'I need an interpreter' card will let government agencies know you need an interpreter and in what language. 

The WA 'I need an interpreter' card has been developed in accordance with the WA Language Services Policy.

The 'information for communities' document below explains how to use the card. To get a WA 'I need an interpreter' card email the Office of Multicultural Interests and we will post the card to you.

The National Interpreter Symbol, displayed on the right, can be downloaded from the Victorian Multicultural Commission's website

WA 'I need an interpreter' card information for communities

If you find it hard to communicate in English, this card will let government agencies know you need an interpreter.

How do I use the card?

Write the name of the language you speak or use on the front of the card in English. If you speak or use more than one language, write the other languages on the card in the order of strongest to weakest. Ask the person who gave you the card to help you with this if necessary. If you need help from an interpreter when using a government service, show your card to a staff member. They will try to arrange for an interpreter (either in person or by telephone) who speaks your language. If an interpreter who speaks your first language is not available, the staff member will try to find an interpreter who speaks your second or third language.

Who can get an interpreter card?

Anyone who needs help to communicate in English when using government services can get a card.

How much does the card cost?

The card is free. If you lose your card, you can get a new one for free. Where can I get a card? Cards are available from migrant resource centres, multicultural community service providers, some public hospitals, schools with Intensive English Centres, some local government authorities, the WA Deaf Society and the Kimberley Interpreting Service.

Information for communities

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Page reviewed 13 January 2022