AALC attends GALA Conference in Istanbul

The AALC was strongly represented last week at GALA’s annual Language of Business Conference in Istanbul by President Tea Dietterich, Secretary Adrienne Meakin, and Board Member George Bisas.

The trio represented Australia at the conference and enjoyed extensive networking opportunities among our global peers, discussing every aspect of the language services industry and soaking up the infectious energy and enthusiasm of other conference attendees.

See photos below including with GALA’s Chairman, Robert Etches.

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Polyglot hosts the first Australasian Association of Language Companies networking event

Polyglot hosted the first AALC event in the head office in Sydney on March 05, 2014. After welcoming words from Polyglot to distinguished peers and leaders of the industry in Australia & NZ, Tea Dietterich, AALC President, presented AALC’s vision, values and mission. AALC ‘s mission is to promote and defend the interests of LSPs (Language Service Providers – Translation and Interpreting companies).

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AALC has a vocation to promote & advance the important roles of language services and explore and develop industry best practices as well as promote fair competition between all language companies. AALC advocates for the interests of its members with other industry group representatives, the Commonwealth of Australia and NZ and other institutions as well as upholding and supporting the professional interests, status and rights of all associated members.

The Event was a great success with impeccable timing a few weeks ahead of Globalisation and Localization (GALA) conference in Turkey later this month where AALC members will be the voice, eyes and ears of the LSP community in Australasia.

To find out more about Polyglot’s Language Services and role in the AALC, please contact Adrien Monet at: Adrien@polyglot.com.au

Have your say on the Queensland Government Language Services Policy

Cultural Diversity Queensland is reviewing the current Queensland Government Language Services Policy, released in 2011. You are invited to have your say on the current Language Services Policy and provide feedback on how it can be improved to better meet the needs of culturally diverse Queenslanders with limited English proficiency to assist them to access the full range of Queensland Government and funded non-government services.

The new Queensland Cultural Diversity Policy released in December 2013, identifies that a lack of English language proficiency can be a significant barrier to economic independence and participation within the community.  A key priority of this new policy is a review of the Language Services Policy.

If you wish to provide feedback on the current Languages Services Policy, please visit the Language Services Policy web page, complete the questionnaire and return it to Cultural Diversity Queensland by Monday 31 March 2014.

It is expected that a new Language Service Policy will be finalised in mid-2014.

For further information, please contact Cultural Diversity Queensland on (07) 3224 5006 or email CDQ@datsima.qld.gov.au

Note from Wayne Briscoe, Executive Director, Cultural Diversity Queensland. 

New industry association formed for companies providing language services

On 1-3 August ten of Australia and NEW ZEALAND’s leading Language Service Providers gathered in Brisbane to become founding members of the new industry association, the Australasian Association of Language Companies Inc. (AALC).

After much preparation and anticipation, the long awaited and much needed association was founded.

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The AALC aims to uphold and support the professional interests, status and rights of all language companies, to promote and advance the important role of language services, provide an important forum for exchange of information, promote fair competition between all language companies and explore and develop industry best practices. It makes for exciting times for the industry and its stakeholders.

The AALC board consists of the President, Tea Dietterich (2M Language Services), Vice President Australia, Jerzy Brodzki (Translators International), Vice President NZ, Hagen Issell (NZTC International), Secretary Ari Pappas (On Call), Treasurer Rona Zhang (Auschina Translation) as well as Adrienne Meakin (LOTE Marketing), George Bisas (VITS), Eva Hussain (Polaron) and Georgiana Poulter (IML).

Any language company interested in membership is welcome to apply.