Australia Post teams up with LanguageLoop

In an attempt to help connect Australia’s diverse communities to civic society, Australia Post has teamed up with LanguageLoop to launch a new solution that will make it easier for customers who speak other languages than English to prove their ID and access essential services in finance, healthcare, insurance and education.

Andrew Walduck, Australia Post Executive General Manager for Trusted eCommerce Solutions, said: “The latest census data showed 21% of us speak a language other than English at home, and many Australians 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 Australia Post / LanguageLoop will translate the 160 languages spoken there into English and will be available at more than 1,100 post offices in Australia.

Under the scheme, the customer’s original personal or ID document will be scanned at a post office and then emailed to LanguageLoop and its team of 1,000 translators. LannguageLoop will send a hard copy of the translated and certified document to the customer via Australia Post.

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

LanguageLoop CEO, Elizabeth Compton, 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 1000-plus translators in over 160 languages, so all Australians can now access critical document translation services”.
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