Barriers in Police Use of the Translating and Interpreting Service

Translating Critical Responses: Barriers and Challenges in Police Use of the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

Australia is, fundamentally, a multicultural country. However, multiculturalism in policing is a long-term, yet to be fully met goal, with police organisations  constantly striving to communicate better, and reach out more to multicultural groups. It has however been reported that police officers rarely reach out to translation services, either face to face, over the phone, or online. There are multiple reasons for this, but they have never been fully explored. In this project, the candidate will explore the nature and extent of the barriers for police officers to use the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS).

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Social sciences
  • Criminology
  • Policing
  • Social work
  • Languages

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Familiarity with qualitative research

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience working with, or for, policing organisations, and/or capacity and willingness to work respectfully alongside police, will be an advantage

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Isabelle Bartkowiak-Théron to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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