Darwin is home to one of Australia's most multicultural and diverse communities, with many different indigenous and migrant languages spoken. If English is not your primary or preferred language, there are a number of services that can help you interact with us.
More than 100 Aboriginal languages and dialects are spoken in the Northern Territory. Some of these languages vary considerably.
The Northern Territory Government provides the Aboriginal Interpreter Service covering the major languages of the Northern Territory. Further information, including how to make a booking, is available on their website.
Council staff are trained to use online tools such as Google Translate to engage with over the counter customers who may feel more comfortable speaking a language other than English. It's as easy as speaking into the microphone and the computer does the rest.
If you require assistance for preparing written documents, Interpreting and Translating Service NT are available. Further details are available on their website.
If you use sign language to communicate you can book an Auslan interpreter through the National Auslan Interpreter Booking and Payment Service (NABS).
NABS provides free interpreters for people who use sign language to communicate and would like an interpreter for private medical appointments.
To make a booking email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1800 246 945.
For more information go to the NABS website.