Do you need bi-lingual support for your business or service?
SMECC has requests from a range of agencies, and other times employers of workers from other countries, for help to communicate with people in their first language.
If the scope of that request fits within the work role of our client services steam then we are happy to help, however our ability to help others if it does not is limited, as we just don't have the funded staff time available.
However we do have casual bi-lingual workers who are available for hire through SMECC to provide language assistance on a one-off or regular basis to others on request (verbal or written materials).
Services who wish to run information sessions or other activities for SMECC client groups, either at SMECC or externally, may also use this service.
We currently have casual workers who speak the following languages: Dari, Hazaragi, Persian, Urdu, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, Vietnamese, Arabic (Tamil - to be advised).
Availability of staff for this service is dependant of their other commitments, so please contact us well in advance. The cost for this service is $44 per hour (inc GST), with blocks of time for a minimum of 3 hours pay as per work award requirements.
* In assessing any request SMECC will also look carefully at the specific requirements of the request. There are times where SMECC may recommend to others that they use other options such as formal interpreting or translating services. This is important to note, as SMECC bi-lingual workers have received varying levels or training and on the most part are not qualified formal interpreters.
If you are interested, please fill out the form on this page and email it to SMECC on the contact provided.