Australia Post to offer translation service for national identification documents

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Australia Post has launched a new partnership to help remove the language barriers faced by many Australians when using certain services such as obtaining a driver license and opening a bank account. Australia Post will team up with LanguageLoop, a language service provider with more than 40 years’ experience, to translate and certify foreign identity documents.

Andrew Walduck, executive general manager for trusted e-commerce solutions, Australia Post, said, “The latest census data showed 21% of Australians speak a language other than English at home, and many of us with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds can face a lengthy and complex process to prove who they are.

“Our partnership with LanguageLoop will enable people to use their original personal identity documents, streamlining access to essential services.

“Since its inception more than 200 years ago, Australia Post’s main aim has been to connect Australians with each other, and we are pleased we can offer this service through our post office network which will enable greater inclusion and accessibility across the community.”

The service will translate more than 160 languages into English and is available at more than 1,100 post offices across the country. The customer’s original identity document will be scanned at a post office and sent electronically to LanguageLoop, which has a team of more than 1,000 translators. A hard copy of the translated and certified document will then be delivered directly to the customer through Australia Post’s network.

All documents processed through Australia Post for translation by LanguageLoop will be handled confidentially and translated by an Australian-based translator, certified by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

Elizabeth Compton, CEO, LanguageLoop, said, “We are proud to be partnering with Australia Post, to make our translation services more easily accessible to people living around Australia and in regional areas. This service will bring the power and reach of Australia Post’s network together with the skills and capabilities of our 1,000+ translators in over 160 languages, so all Australians can now access critical document translation services.”

November 27, 2017

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