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
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
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.