I am honoured and delighted to have AUSIT host the prestigious FIT Congress for the second time on our shores. I still remember the buzz and excitement that surrounded the first time AUSIT hosted the Congress in Melbourne in 1996. AUSIT and the Interpreting and Translation profession in Australia have developed considerably since then. There are many practitioners who have graduated from diploma and degree programs in translation and interpreting around the country and innovative research has been conducted that has helped inform the practice, especially in the fields of community interpreting and translation. AUSIT is making stronger links with the educational institutions that train our practitioners, the agencies that employ them and the organisations and public who use their services, in order to foster mutual understanding and raise the status of the profession. Hosting the XXI FIT World Congress will further strengthen our efforts to raise the profile of the profession and increase the public’s awareness of the importance of the role of interpreters and translators in Australia and in the world. It will also be an excellent opportunity for our students and practitioners to learn from other colleagues from around the globe. I look forward to a rich exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas between colleagues from many different countries and backgrounds. I welcome you to our beautiful country and to one of our gorgeous cities and hope that your time in Australia will be productive, inspiriting and enjoyable.
Professor Sandra Hale AUSIT National President