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Interpreting at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

November 2, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm AEST

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Court Interpreting can have many facets, from Local and Magistrates’ Courts, District and Country Courts to Supreme, Federal and High Court. This webinar will examine interpreting at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The function of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal is to make administrative decisions. Each decision must relate to a prior decision – the decision under review. The Tribunal makes a new decision in place of the previous decision. But what are particular requirements? What are the experiences of the interpreters and those who are receiving interpreting services? What are the pain points and the challenges? Where are the opportunities? In this Q&A session we bring the stakeholders together: the interpreters and the Tribunal Magistrates; Meena Sripathy – Member, Migration and Refugee Division, Amita Kant – Assistant Case Assessment Registrar, Josephine Kelly – Senior Member.

This is your chance to hear from both sides and to find solutions for common pain points together.

2M Language Services

Tea Dietterich – CEO

Since founding in 1999, 2M has become one of Australasia’s leading language service and language technology providers. Tea is also the President of the Australian Association of Language Companies (AALC), a previous Member of the NAATI TRAC and on current QLD RAC  as well as an AUSIT Senior Practitioner and Fellow. With a focus on engaging and empowering communities, Tea combines industry-leading language technology with best linguistic talent in over 250 languages. Tea is an experienced NAATI-certified Interpreter and Translator in her own right.

Despina Amanatidou – Interpreter Relationship Manager

Despina Amanatidou is a NAATI Certified Interpreter and Translator with over 11 years’ experience in the public health sector. Despina has an in-depth understanding of the barriers that the CALD healthcare consumers face in accessing  information and services as well as the issues encountered by the practitioners and the rest of the participants in an interpreter-mediated encounter. Despina is the Vice president for Events and Professional Development of the Australian Institute Interpreters and Translators, the national association for the Interpreting and Translating profession. From this position she has had the opportunity to organise and oversee a plethora of professional development events and conferences as well as familiarise herself with everything T&I. Other than that Despina tutors Greek Interpreter candidates and participates in research projects.

Tamas Nyeste – Head of Interpreting, 2M Language Services

As the Head of 2M Interpreting, Tamas is responsible for all facets of 2M’s interpreting services. Managing a team of 1500+ interpreters, Tamas is closely involved in assigning interpreters to projects across varying industries. Tamas actively assists participants in the health sector access interpreting services via integration of video remote and over-the-phone interpreting technology.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Meena Sripathy – Member, Migration and Refugee Division 

Meena Sripathy is a Member in the Migration Review Division of the AAT since 2011.  Prior to that Ms Sripathy held positions as a senior investigator at the Commonwealth Ombudsman, senior legal officer at the Migration Review Tribunal and was a practising solicitor at various community legal centres and the NSW Legal Aid Commission for over 15 years.


Amita Kant – Assistant Case Assessment Registrar

Over 20 years’ experience working in the AAT, various roles including Conference Registrar, Deputy District Registrar, Registry Manager and Team Leader.


Josephine Kelly – Senior Member 

Josephine Kelly is a Senior Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal appointed to several divisions. She has also been a member of the Migration and Refugee Review Tribunals and the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.  Before becoming a decision-maker, Josephine was a barrister at the NSW Bar.


November 2, 2022
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