Have you performed interpreting work for the Western Australian government?

Following calls from Professionals Australia, WorkSafe is currently investigating the Western Australian Department of Health for exposing members to ongoing psychosocial harm in the workplace.

In summary, TIA WA said Health has failed to protect members from the hazards of:

  •  Insecure work – a “first in, whoever gets” job allocation systems and no, or insufficient compensation for cancellations,
  •  Trauma – no matching of jobs and qualifications, no briefing or debriefing and no training for complex medical matters, such as voluntary assisted dying.
Last month, WorkSafe applied to the WHS Tribunal to extend the term of its investigation to six months, however Professionals Australia successfully argued for a shorter, sharper work plan as every day the investigation is delayed is another day interpreters suffer mental and emotional distress.

 The Commissioner subsequently ordered WorkSafe to fast track its investigation and to report back with findings and recommendations by 15 August.

WA Branch Committee members stood witness and shared their experiences with both the tribunal and a journalist covering the hearing. 


This investigation is incredibly important to the working lives of interpreters across the country. It will force government agencies to rethink their responsibility to interpreters working for them nationally.

We are currently calling for interpreters who have performed work for the Western Australian government to be interviewed by WorkSafe WA about your experiences at work where you feel your health and safety has been compromised.

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