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The Protocol on Indigenous Interpreters for Commonwealth Government agencies (the Protocol) provides guidance to all agencies and their contracted service providers on policies and processes that are needed to promote engagement of Indigenous interpreters in policy and program development, engagement, consultation and service delivery.

The original Protocol was developed in response to recommendations by the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs report Our Land Our Languages. The Protocol complements the Commonwealth Multicultural Language Service Guidelines. The Protocol has been updated to include the Operational Principles recommended by the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s 2016 Report Accessibility of Indigenous Language Interpreters: talking in language follow-up investigation.

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